Occam's Razor has a counterargument in medicine called "Hickam's Dictum" (by Dr. John Hickam!). Some doctors (using Occam's) look for a single, elegant cause for all of a patient's symptoms. But Hickam's Dictum says: "A man can have as many diseases as he damn well pleases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hic…
When her son Jeremy began showing symptoms of schizophrenia, Elli Perkins refused to consult a psychiatrist due to her Scientologist beliefs and tried to cure him with alternative medicine instead. This resulted in Jeremy murdering her because he believed she was trying to poison him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines. webmd.com/migraines-heada…
In 2012 doctors around the world voted the 1846 paper describing anesthesia as the most important discovery in modern medicine, ahead of things like antibiotics and X-Rays degruyter.com/view/journa…
Today I learned about Drayton Daugherty, a doctor who cured a dying man by pretending to undo a voodoo hex in a last ditch effort after modern medicine didn't work. The man believed he was cured and lived for ten more years. thehealthcareblog.com/blo…
There are two competing symbols of medicine in the US: the Rod of Asclepius (a staff with a single snake coiled around it) and the Caduceus (with two snakes and a pair of wings). The two are completely unrelated ancient symbols. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about Sir Upendranath Brahmachari, who saved millions of lives by developing a cure for Kala-Azar in 1920's. He was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize in medicine but is not recognized by the government and the people swarajyamag.com/science/b…
Ever since 2003, MIT has published an annual list of 10 breakthroughs in technology. 2020's list included anti-aging drugs, AI-discovered molecules, and hyper-personalized medicine. technologyreview.com/10-b…
Humans are not alone in using herbs as medicines: some animals such as non-human primates, monarch butterflies and sheep ingest medicinal plants when they are ill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
The study that was reported in saying β€œcheese is just as addictive as drugs” actually found no such thing. The dietician who made the questionable claim works for an advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which pushes veganism and urges people to shun cheese. time.com/4090741/cheese-a…
Ancient Egyptian papyri and Sumerian tablets dating back to 2200 BC detail the medicinal role of wine, making it the world's oldest documented human-made medicine. Wine continued to play a major role in medicine until the early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Hirudotherapy, the use of leeches in medicine, is still a thing in modern medicine today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
A Canadian named Dominique Rousselle has spent 1 month every year for the past 20 years traveling to Thailand to provide food and medicine to stray dogs bangkokpost.com/thailand/…
The creator of chiropractic medicine, D.D. Palmer, claims he received his knowledge from the spirit of a deceased physician named Jim Atkinson and believed chiropractic medicine was a moral obligation and a religious duty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Hyssop essential oil (used in alternative medicine) can induce seizures at very low doses, taking only 2 drops to induce convulsions in a child. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyssop…
Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. fastcompany.com/1673352/h…
Songwriter Robert Sherman was struggling to write a catchy song for Julie Andrews to sing in Mary Poppins. When Robert's son received the polio inoculation, and he discovered the medicine was put on a sugar cube, he was inspired to write "A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
A kilogram of Ambergris (Whale Vomit) is worth more than $70,000. It is a solid, waxy substance used in medicines and Perfumes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine was given to researchers who diagnosed, Misophonia, which is a condition causing distress at hearing other people make chewing sounds improbable.com/ig-about/w…
Today I learned about Taphephobia: the fear of being buried alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead, and that before the era of modern medicine the fear was not entirely irrational and quite common. history.com/news/why-many…
The song "Wagon Wheel", best known by Old Crow Medicine Show was co-written by Bob Dylan. The song was just a chorus on a bootleg, and OCMC added verses 25 years later. Bob Dylan loved it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
Today I learned about Oscar, a nursing home cat in Rhode Island who appears able to predict the impending death of terminally ill patientsβ€”by choosing to nap next to people a few hours before they die. Oscar has been mentioned in The New England Journal of Medicine and so far has predicted at least 100 deaths. catster.com/lifestyle/osc…
"heroin" got its name because it was considered a heroic medicine. munichre.com/us-life/en/p…
Horseshoe crab blood is pale blue and is used to detect if medicine is contaminated. A quarter of a million are caught a year and bled alive by draining up to 30% of their blood from the near the heart. Then they are released back into the wild along way from where they were caught. inhabitat.com/every-year-…
The gall stones of cows are a valuable commodity in the Asian alternative medicines market beefcentral.com/news/all-…
This day 125 years ago physicist Wilhelm Conrad RΓΆntgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields most of all medicine by making the invisible visible. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Egyptian mummies are rare because people used to eat them as medicine. merckgroup.com/en/stories…
, that capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers spicy, is sometimes used in medicines for joint pain. uspharmacist.com/article/…
Infants’ Tylenol and children’s Tylenol are the same. They have the same amount of medicine and recommended dosage. Infants’ and children’s ibuprofen do not. vitals.lifehacker.com/wha…
When songwriter Robert Sherman was working on the leitmotif for Mary Poppins, his son Jeffrey received the polio vaccine. Robert asked him if it hurt, and Jeffrey said they put it on a sugar cube for him to eat. "A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down" was born soon afterward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
Podiatrists are not MD’s. They have their own schools and do not attend traditional medical school. They also have "DPM" (doctor of podiatric medicine) after their names instead of "MD". webmd.com/diabetes/podiat…
Today I learned about malariatherapy, a cure aiming to cure neurosyphillis by infecting patients with malaria, thereby causing fevers killing syphillis through heat. Its inventor, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine on 1927 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
Frances Glessner Lee created 19 intricately designed dollhouse style dioramas called the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and set up a department of legal medicine at Harvard University with her inheritance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
Ibn Sina, or Avicenna, lived in Hamadan and Jurjan from 980 to 1037 CE, and acquired great fame in mediaeval European medicine. His encyclopaedic book Al Qanun Fi Al-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine) was translated into Latin at the end of the 12th century CE, and became a reference source for medica 1001inventions.com/featur…
The ancient greek medical system based on Hippocrates and the four humours theory spread into India through the Islamic scholars of the golden age. Hippocratic based medicine is still practiced in India today, as an alternative medical system officialy recognised by the authrorities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Una…
In 2015, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. In China, she is being called the "three noes" winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she's never worked overseas bbc.com/news/blogs-china-…
[] Working By A Window Adds 46 Minutes of More Quality Sleep! The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, suggest that where you work is crucial to setting the body's own internal clock. edition.cnn.com/2014/08/1…
Kwihnai TosabitΚ‰ (White Eagle), a Comanche medicine man, convinced his tribe that they were invincible before a battle. After their defeat, he was blamed and thereafter known as Isatai'i (Coyote Vagina) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
The apricot is culturally associated with education and medicine but US Marines consider it a forbidden fruit that brings bad luck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apr…
One of the reasons why Northern Cheyenne reservation traditionalists oppose coal mining on the reservation is that the 1700s Cheyenne mystic Sweet Medicine prophecized that mining the "black rock" would change the tribe forever. dailyyonder.com/black-roc…
Medicine cabinets are one of the worst places to store medicine because of the high temperatures and humidities of bathrooms abcnews.go.com/Health/Hea…
Silphium was an extremely popular plant was used as both a spice, perfume and medicine in classical antiquity. the high demand resulted in it being harvested to extinction and thus nobody has known its taste or smell for millennia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The US-Canadian Border was known by the Plains Indians as "The Medicine Line" for it's seemingly magical ability to keep US troops from crossing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49t…
Martin Luther's son, Paul, was a survivor of the bubonic plague. After surviving, he dedicated his life to chemistry and medicine, developing the pharmaceuticals Unguentum ex nitro, Magistrum perlarum, Magistrum collorum, and Aurum potabile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Phages (a group of viruses) were supposed to be studied as antibacterial agents in human medicine, but were cut short by the discovery of penicillin shortly after. With today's increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, phages are being considered once again. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Today I learned about John Gurdon, who was ranked last out of 250 boys in his year group in Biology and in a progress report, his teacher said that pursuing Biology for him would be a "waste of time, for him and those who have to teach him". In 2012, John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
There is not enough evidence to determine whether cough medicines work, even though some people may find them useful healthlinkbc.ca/health-to…
Ketchup was first sold as medicine. In 1834 Dr. John Cooke Bennet invented the idea to add tomatoes to ketchup (a fish or mushroom mix at the time). He believed that adding tomatoes added the vitamins and antioxidants needed to cure indigestion, later prescribing tomato pills to patients. kelownacapnews.com/trendi…
Today I learned of Joseph Medicine Crow who earned the title "Chief" by completing the four coups of leading a war party, touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, and stealing an enemy's horse - all against the Nazis in WWII. military.com/army-birthda…
That leeches are still used in modern medicine. health.howstuffworks.com/…

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