Text of 5 Pop-Up Notes for “What’s Blooming” news & announcements page
#1 (of 5)
[ see entry dated 5/9/2014 ]
Cotgrave’s Dictionary — Aubrey is here referring to A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues, compiled by the Elizabethan bureaucrat Randle Cotgrave (secretary to William Cecil, Lord Burghley), first published in 1611. “Consisting of 960 unnumbered pages in double column, containing more than 48,000 headwords, and in the region of 1 million words, Cotgrave’s Dictionarie was, by a considerable margin, the most extensive French word-list of its time.... As such, the Dictionarie provides an invaluable resource for cultural historians, giving access to fresh and often unanticipated insights into the beliefs, mores, and day-to-day life of the Jacobean world.” (John Leigh, “Cotgrave, Randle (fl. 1587–1630?), lexicographer,” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn., 2004, n. pag.) ::
#2 (of 5)
[ see entry dated 5/9/2014 ]
the health and well-being of all Americans — Enshrined as No. 10 among “Some certain Principles, Maxims and Laws, which ought to be imbraced and observed by all such as have the Government either of Families, or Societies, and would Train them up in Temperance, Cleanness, Order, and innocency of Life,” is the following: “10. Thou shalt therefore believe, that it is a great and heinous Evil against thy Father, to oppress, starve, or kill any Creature, they being all his Children; and that as thou art bound to honour and imitate him, thou oughtest to preserve them in their natural Strength and Beauty, remembring that Health and Life are as valuable and precious to the Creatures, to each in its Kind, as to Man.” (T. Tryon, Some Memoirs of the Life Mr. Tho. Tryon ..., 1705, 77–8) ::
#3 (of 5)
[ see entry dated 12/5/2013 ]
according to Gradmann — I.e., Hans Gradmann, “Die harmonische Lebenseinheit vom Standpunkt exakter Naturwissenschaft,” Naturwissenschaften 18 (1930): 641–44, 662–66. ::
#4 (of 5)
[ see entry dated 6/26/2013 ]
“opium derivatives which were only beginning to be identified by European doctors” — I have to take issue with this claim, which is not, in fact, correct. European uses of opium derivatives date to the early 16th century.
The Swiss physician and alchemist, Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493–1541), who called himself Paracelsus (meaning “better than Celsus”), was the first to use the plant-derived tincture of opium in medical treatment. With such chemical compounds, Paracelsus believed he had bested Aurelius Cornelius Celsus (c. 30 BCE–AD 38), the ancient Roman medical authority whose work was rediscovered, to considerable fanfare, during the Renaissance. Among his other achievements, Celsus pioneered cancer research, including important work in nosology, and he was the first to discover and document the phenomenon of metastasis.
The iatrochemical school of medicine founded on Paracelsian teachings during the European Renaissance continued to adapt Paracelsus’ recipe for laudanum throughout the 17th century, including refining its use as a “palliative cure” for cancer. As this 17th-century phrase indicates, the binary opposition between palliative and curative medicines is modern. ::
#5 (of 5)
[ see entry dated 11/1/2012 ]
To locate this title at your bookstore or library, look for:
Faguet, Guy B. The War on Cancer: An Anatomy of Failure, A Blueprint for the Future. 2005; rpt. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2008.
ISBN-10: 1402086202 and ISBN-13: 978-1402086205. ::