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What was dental hygience like in the middle ages?
12/23/2019
Did People in the Middle Ages Have Bad Teeth?

What was dental hygience like in the middle ages?

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Emetics were often distributed to induce vomiting as part of illness-specific, or all-around purge processes in Renaissa...
12/22/2019
11 Strange Remedies Used By Renaissance Doctors

Emetics were often distributed to induce vomiting as part of illness-specific, or all-around purge processes in Renaissance life..

The Renaissance may have been a time of great scientific and artistic innovation, but the era’s medical treatments still had a ways to go before they became safe and effective. Here are a few questionable cures a Renaissance doctor may have prescribed you.

Ancient dental tools included rocks...
12/20/2019
The disturbing history of dentistry

Ancient dental tools included rocks...

You might not like going to the dentist, but we have it pretty good today. The disturbing history of dentistry will make your gums ache and your teeth chatter in fear. Reading this list might be biting off more than you can chew, so hold onto your chompers.

We also offer hand watercolor prints by renown, Canadian Artist, Barry McCarthy.  Prints start at $129 + you receive a 3...
12/19/2019
The Trophy

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A beautiful watercolor print by renowned artist Barry McCarthy.

It’s often said that there was no tradition of scientific medicine in medieval times...
12/17/2019
Forget folk remedies, Medieval Europe spawned a golden age of medical theory

It’s often said that there was no tradition of scientific medicine in medieval times...

It’s often said that there was no tradition of scientific medicine in medieval times. According to the usual narrative of the history of progress, medicine in the European Middle Ages – from around the…

12/17/2019
200 Years Of Medicine

A fascinating video regarding medicine and surgery; how far we've come. Highly recommended for all audiences.

Artist sketch makes the perfect gift for fitness trainers and massage therapist!
12/17/2019
Biceps-Triceps-Abs-Seratus

Artist sketch makes the perfect gift for fitness trainers and massage therapist!

Artisitc sketch of the biceps, triceps, abs and seratus. Makes for a perfect gift for your favorite massage therapist.

Commonly prescribed drugs included highly toxic compounds of mercury and arsenic, while naturally-occurring poisons such...
12/17/2019
Weird and Wonderful Medicine in 17th and 18th Century England - Historic UK

Commonly prescribed drugs included highly toxic compounds of mercury and arsenic, while naturally-occurring poisons such as hemlock and deadly nightshade were also staples of the medicine cabinet.

Thomas Morris considers some of the dubious remedies and strange treatments endured by patients in early modern England...

The era of patent medicine—which stretched from the 17th into the 20th century and was especially prolific in the United...
12/17/2019
15 Curious Quack Remedies From the Age of Patent Medicine

The era of patent medicine—which stretched from the 17th into the 20th century and was especially prolific in the United States and England—was a response to the shortcomings of medicine at the time....

The “patent” in the name didn’t refer to government approval, but proprietary concoctions marketed with extreme promises and flamboyant showmanship.

Medicines in the medieval period were sometimes homemade, if they weren’t too complicated...
12/17/2019
9 weird medieval medicines

Medicines in the medieval period were sometimes homemade, if they weren’t too complicated...

Just as we do today, people in the medieval period worried about their health and what they might do to ward off sickness, or alleviate symptoms if they did fall ill. Here, historian Toni Mount reveals some of the most unusual remedies commonly used…

Located in the Hotel-Dieu, a building built in the late 18th century, the apothecary of Bourg-en-Bresse offers 3 rooms t...
12/13/2019
Hôtel-Dieu Hospital - Apothicairerie - Monument in Bourg-en-Bresse

Located in the Hotel-Dieu, a building built in the late 18th century, the apothecary of Bourg-en-Bresse offers 3 rooms to visitors, including the laboratory, one of the few still in perfect condition.

Located in the Hotel-Dieu, a building built in the late 18th century, the apothecary of Bourg-en-Bresse offers 3 rooms to visitors, including the laboratory,…

In the late 1740s, John Wesley—a British evangelist and the co-founder of Methodism—published Primitive Physick, or, An ...
12/10/2019
17 Bizarre Natural Remedies From the 1700s

In the late 1740s, John Wesley—a British evangelist and the co-founder of Methodism—published Primitive Physick, or, An Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Diseases.

If a 'gentle vomit' won't work, try electrocution.

While researching court documents related to 17th-century apothecaries, Judith S. Woolf found evidence of an unexpected ...
12/10/2019
Women’s Business: 17th-Century Female Pharmacists

While researching court documents related to 17th-century apothecaries, Judith S. Woolf found evidence of an unexpected subset of early pharmacists—women.

While researching court documents related to 17th-century apothecaries, Judith S. Woolf found evidence of an unexpected subset of early pharmacists—women. Widows of apothecaries were given an opportunity to enter the pharmacy world by taking over their husbands’ businesses. These endeavors were ...

A colonial apothecary practiced as doctor.
12/10/2019
Apothecary

A colonial apothecary practiced as doctor.

The mortar and pestle sign hanging in front of the Pasteur & Galt Apothecary Shop indicates the nature of the business within.

In colonial times, a doctor was known as an apothecary. Yet these apothecaries were more than just doctors. They prescri...
12/09/2019
18th Century Medicine Practices in Colonial Williamsburg | Williamsburg Tours

In colonial times, a doctor was known as an apothecary. Yet these apothecaries were more than just doctors. They prescribed medical treatment and medicine, trained apprentices, performed surgery, and served as man-midwives.

In colonial times, a doctor was known as an apothecary. Yet these apothecaries were more than just doctors. They prescribed medical treatment and medicine, trained apprentices, performed surgery, and served as man-midwives.

Perfect gift for your favorite medical professor...
12/09/2019
Teachers Anatomical Aid

Perfect gift for your favorite medical professor...

Anatomy is a branch of natural science which deals with the structural organization of living things. It is an old science, having its beginnings in prehistoric times. Anatomy is inherently tied to developmental biology, embryology, comparative anatomy, evolutionary biology, and phylogeny.

Apothecaries could also prescribe and make the remedies, which made them like today's doctors and manufacturers as well....
12/09/2019
What Tools Did Apothecaries Use in Colonial Times?

Apothecaries could also prescribe and make the remedies, which made them like today's doctors and manufacturers as well. In order to carry out all of these tasks, Colonial apothecaries needed several specialized tools.

Apothecaries in the Colonial era were the pharmacists, doctors and medicine manufacturers for their communities. As such, they needed several different apothecary tools in Colonial times. Learn how they used these tools, the medicines on which they relied and how they became apothecaries.

Apothecary (uh-poth-uh-ker-ee): now that we know how to say it, let’s explore what exactly an apothecary is. It is an ol...
12/09/2019
What exactly is an apothecary? A medieval history explained | Nature's Pathways

Apothecary (uh-poth-uh-ker-ee): now that we know how to say it, let’s explore what exactly an apothecary is. It is an old word that our modern society doesn’t really use very often. We tend to use the word “pharmacy” these days.

Apothecary (uh-poth-uh-ker-ee): now that we know how to say it, let’s explore what exactly an apothecary is. It is an old word that our modern society doesn’t really use very often. We tend to use the word “pharmacy” these days. Today’s modern pharmacists have their roots in the apothecary...

The mortar, the symbol of the apothecary, is arguably the oldest of all pharmaceutical equipment.
12/09/2019
Bristol-Myers Squibb European Apothecary -- Mortars and Pestles

The mortar, the symbol of the apothecary, is arguably the oldest of all pharmaceutical equipment.

The mortar, the symbol of the apothecary, is arguably the oldest of all pharmaceutical equipment. Mortars are made from a variety of materials, including bronze, marble, wood, brass, glass and stone. Apothecaries would have numerous mortars and pestles of various sizes and materials in their shops f...

A wonderful gift for your favorite family doctor!  A collection of vintage medicine boxes.   This photograph is matted, ...
12/06/2019
Patent Medicines-Cerebos

A wonderful gift for your favorite family doctor! A collection of vintage medicine boxes.

This photograph is matted, framed and offers a plexi-glass front.

Shipping anywhere to the US from Canada is a flat $25 and is packaged in such a way to prevent damage.

The company Cerebos Ltd was registered in 1894. Its slogan was "See How It Runs", because the salt contained anti-caking agents such as calcium phosphate to keep it "free running."

Have you ever been to the doctor because you had a fish jaw stuck in your eyeball? Or perhaps you've been rushed to the ...
12/06/2019
27 Oddest Medical Cases

Have you ever been to the doctor because you had a fish jaw stuck in your eyeball? Or perhaps you've been rushed to the hospital after accidentally inhaling your own earring?

Patients sometimes develop conditions that are so interesting or rare that doctors publish a report of their case. Here's a look at some of the oddest and strangest medical case reports.

Mercury was used by many cultures, including ancient Greece, Egypt and China, to heal wounds and combat skin issues. It ...
12/05/2019
15 weird medical treatments that we used to think worked

Mercury was used by many cultures, including ancient Greece, Egypt and China, to heal wounds and combat skin issues. It was the common cure for syphilis from the 15th to the 20th century. Once penicillin was discovered in the 1940s, the mercury treatment soon fell out of fashion.

Mercury, bloodletting, corpses, radioactive water and even heroin are just some of the treatments doctors used to prescribe patients.

A muscle-relaxant first discovered in 1848 might soon be at the cutting edge of cancer treatment. Researchers from The O...
12/05/2019
How a 150-year old drug might help battle cancer

A muscle-relaxant first discovered in 1848 might soon be at the cutting edge of cancer treatment. Researchers from The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center investigate.

The potency of cancer treatments is often reduced by a lack of oxygen in and around the tumor. Researchers have found an existing drug that might help.

12/05/2019
400 Years of Perfume Making

Azienda Officina farmaceutica S.M. Novella is the oldest pharmacy in the world. Situated in an old church, the little entrance, that looks like you're entering a museum, can be hard to find. Open to the public since 1612, Farmaceutica di SM Novella, despite the name, doesn't really feel like a farmacy in the original sense of the word. More like a museum and a shop, they sell everything from perfumes and soaps to candels and cosmetics. A paradise for fragrance lovers!

Chimpanzees are close relatives to humans, but they're not identical to us. We are not chimps.  There is a 2% difference...
12/05/2019
The 2% Difference

Chimpanzees are close relatives to humans, but they're not identical to us. We are not chimps. There is a 2% difference that matters...... a lot.

Now that scientists have decoded the chimpanzee genome, we know that 98 percent of our DNA is the same. So how can we be so different?

.....and a follow up to the November 28th post....Why patients often died is easy....because the testicles would continu...
12/05/2019
Transplanted testicles will always make the donor’s sperm

.....and a follow up to the November 28th post....

Why patients often died is easy....because the testicles would continue to make the donor’s sperm in the transplant recipient’s body and last we checked, monkey sperm IS different from man's sperm.

More on that later...

That’s why doctors don’t transplant them

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