medical history

America's 30 Years War --- Who is Winning? by Balint Vazsonyi

Author: 
Reviewed by Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
March/April 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
2

America's founding principles have been subverted and our country is on a steady course toward socialism. Our four founding principles --- the rule of law, individual rights, the guarantee of private property, and a common American identity --- are being replaced by group rights, redistribution, entitlements, and multi-culturalism, and our entire Western culture is in serious jeopardy. This is the message Hungarian-born Balint Vazsonyi, a world renowned concert pianist and historian, brings us based on his encyclopedic knowledge of the past.

Vaccines (Part II): Hygiene, Sanitation, Immunization, and Pestilential Diseases

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
March/April 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
2

Vaccines --- Kill or Cure?

As the controversial debate over mandatory vaccine policy heats up igniting passions, it is perhaps appropriate we summarize what is known about the manifest benefits of modern vaccines, not forgetting the tremendously salutary impact on health and longevity wrought about by better living conditions, hygiene and sanitation, in general, and the introduction and subsequent widespread use of antibiotics, in particular.

The Nazi War on Tobacco and Cancer

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Published Date: 
October 22, 2016
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

I was recently asked to review The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor for Ideas on Liberty. What follows here is a more extended critique of this scholarly but deeply disturbing book.

The Nazi War on Tobacco and Cancer

Author: 
W. Patrick Flanagan, Jr., MD, FACS
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Dear Editor,
In your excellent review of Robert N. Proctor's book, The Nazi War on Cancer (Medical Sentinel, November/December 2000), you postulate that the drop-off in stomach cancer in the earlier 20th Century was possibly related to better methods of meat curing and preservation.

Medical History --- Hygiene and Sanitation

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Winter 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
4

The word hygiene comes from Hygeia, the Greek goddess of health (photo, below), who was the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine. Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution (c.1750-1850) and the discovery of the germ theory of disease in the second half of the nineteenth century, Hygeiahygiene and sanitation have been at the forefront of the struggle against illness and disease.(1)

Medical History --- Plagues and Epidemics

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Winter 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
4

Since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, there have been three major bubonic plague epidemics, which afflicted large segments of the population in the continuous Eurasian landmass and North Africa. Death quickly followed the trade routes of the times. The death toll is almost incomprehensible. The Plague of Justinian (6th Century A.D.), the Black Death (14th Century A.D.), and the Bubonic Plague (1665-1666, which coincided with the Great Fire of London) caused an estimated 137 million dead in a world much more sparsely populated than it is today.

Utilitarianism and the perversion of the ethics of Hippocrates

Journal/Website: 
Western Journal of Medicine
Article Type: 
Letter to the Editor
Published Date: 
Saturday, April 1, 2000
Source: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1070820/

In their guidelines for resolving conflict in cases of non-beneficial or futile medical treatment, the San Francisco Bay Area Network of Ethics Committee continues the disturbing trend of medicine moving toward collectivism and the ethics of distributive justice.(1,2)

The Death of Henry II of France

Journal/Website: 
Journal of Neurosurgery
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 1992
Source: 
http://thejns.org/doi/abs/10.3171/jns.1992.77.6.0964

Abstract: On June 30, 1559, King Henry II of France (1519-1559), against the advice of his court ministers, participated in a fateful joust. The wooden lance of his younger opponent pierced the King's headgear, shattered into fragments, and penetrated his right orbit and temple. The King survived for 11 days following the mortal wound and was treated by two of the most distinguished physicians of the Renaissance: Ambroise Paré (1510-1590), the master surgeon, and Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), the great anatomist.

Dominique-Jean Larrey: Napoleon's Surgeon from Egypt to Waterloo

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 1990

Praised by Napoleon as "the worthiest man I ever met," Dominique-Jean Larrey (1766-1842), his legendary surgeon, was born in Beaudean, a little village in the Pyrenees. Orphaned at age 13, he was raised by his uncle, Alexis, who was chief surgeon at Toulouse. After studying and serving as his surgical apprentice for 6 years, Larrey went to Paris. There, he studied under the great French surgeon, Desault, who was Chief of Surgery at the Hotel Dieu. Unfortunately, his studies were interrupted when war came to France.

On Revolutionary Physicians and Civil Wars

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 1994

Throughout the ages, some physicians have had more than a passing interest in politics, justice, and the mechanics of government. For example, the illustrious American physician, Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), one of the fathers of American psychiatry and a highly esteemed physician in his own day, was also one of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence.

Socialized Medicine in Cuba (Part II): "Doctor Diplomacy," Sex Tourism, and Medical Apartheid

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301903007468

In Part I of this essay, we discussed the secret epidemic of dengue fever, the Cuban gulag, and other aspects of Cuban medicine leading to a poor state of health in that Caribbean island, based on Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero's book ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro (Dengue! The Secret Epidemic of Fidel Castro).

Socialized (Free) Medical Care in Cuba (Part I): A Poor State of Health

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301903007456

Those in the United States who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero, who has managed to get the word out for anyone willing to listen. And they should. ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro (Dengue! The Secret Epidemic of Fidel Castro) is the title of his book and one that should be read attentively.

Book Review: The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor

Journal/Website: 
The Freeman--Ideas on Liberty
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2000

The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor is a deeply disturbing book for it describes in a good light what the author calls "the lesser-known 'flipside' of fascism-the side that gave us struggles against smoking, campaigns for cleaner food and water, for exercise and preventive medicine."

Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part II): Other Hidden Faces of Cuban Medicine

Journal/Website: 
NewsMax.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, August 26, 2002
Source: 
http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/8/25/220915.shtml

In Part I of this essay, we discussed the secret epidemic of dengue fever, the Cuban gulag and other aspects of Cuban medicine leading to a poor state of health in that Caribbean island, based on Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero's book "¡Dengue! ­ La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro" (in Spanish only).



Diary of Dreams performs at the 2016 M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany. M’era Luna, “one of the biggest dark music events in Germany,” is held each year on the second weekend in August. Close to 25,000 people attend the festival annually to hear gothic, metal and industrial music performed on two large festival-style stages.

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