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Quack Medicine (01/09)
In the nineteenth century, when even mainstream medical therapies included painful bloodletting and leeching, quack* medicine didn't seem quite so quacky.

If you wanted your hair to grow, you could don a Thermocap to send just the right amount of heat to your follicles. If your eyes were weak, you could apply the Neu-Vita ...
Ichthyology (08/08)
Ichthyology is the branch of zoology that studies fish. This includes skeletal fish, cartilaginous fish and jawless fish.

There are at least 25,000 fish species in existence. Each year, about 250 new species are discovered and described.

The largest species of fish known is theWhale Shark, which can grow to up to 50 feet in length and can ...
Poliomyelitis (07/08)
Poliomyelitis, more commonly known as Polio, is a viral disease that has plagued humans since ancient times. It is transmitted primarily through direct fecal-oral contact. However, it can also be transmitted by indirect contact with infectious saliva or feces or by contaminated sewage or water.

In over 90% of cases there are no symptoms ...
Uranium and Nuclear Power (05/08)
According to theUranium Information Center:
  • Over half of the world's production of uranium is from mines in Australia and Canada.
  • 8 mining companies account for almost 80% of production.
  • Nuclear energy supplies over 16% of the world's electricity.
  • 31 countries use nuclear energy to generate electricity.
  • 80% of France's electricity is from ...
All About Water (03/07)
Did you know?

  • The earth contains about 1.1 quadrillion acre-feet of water, but 97% is seawater.
  • Of the remaining 28 trillion acre-feet of freshwater on or near the surface, two-thirds is locked up as ice.
  • Only the remaining 9.7 trillion acre-feet is in liquid form, mostly in underground aquifers.
  • However, what is ...

Multiple Personality Disorder (02/07)
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, the primary characteristic of Disassociate Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is the existence of more than one distinct identity or personality within the same individual. The identities will ‘take...
The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) (01/07)
Dr. Nathaniel (Nate) McCormick, the hero of Isolation Ward , describes himself as 'an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...part of the Special Pathogens Branch, which is in the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases'.

Does such an organization exist? Absolutely!

The ...
Medical Prescriptions in USA (01/07)
  • The average number of prescriptions per person per year soared from 7 in 1993, to 12 in 2004.
  • According to the American Society of Clinical Pharmacologists, in 2000 27% of elderly patients received 9+ medications (compared to 17% in 1997).
  • The amount spent to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers in 2004 was $4.45 billion (up ...
The Higgs Boson (06/05)
The Higgs particle was first hypothesized by the Scottish scientist Peter Higgs in 1964.  After taking a weekend walk in the Cairngorm Mountains he returned  to his laboratory in Edinburgh on Monday and declared to his colleagues that he had just experienced his 'one big idea' and now had an answer to the mystery of ...
Elisabeth Kubler Ross and the Five Stages of Grief (04/05)
Elisabeth Kubler Ross was born in 1926 in Zurich, Switzerland and died of natural causes in 2004 in Arizona. Her ground breaking and bestselling book, On Death and Dying, (1969) did much to change the treatment of terminally ill patients.  She was compelled to write it while working as a doctor in hospitals in New York, Colorado and ...
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