Penicillin Magic and Alexander Fleming

10 January, 2010

Ever had an ear ache? Very painful, as I found out today. Fortunately, my local doctor was on duty. He quickly diagnosed an ear infection and prescribed a strong anti biotic. Within 30 minutes, I was able to find a pharmacy open and they had the medicine in stock. Maybe we take all these things for granted now, but it was not long ago that people suffered great pain and…

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How Are You?

30 December, 2009

The question ‘how are you?’ is probably the most used in the English language. It has many variations, such as ‘how are you going?’ or more to the point ‘ are you well?’ ‘or are you OK?’ It is as much a greeting as it is a concern for the other person’s health. However, over the last six months I have been asking the question more in the medical sense….

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Darwin Found

24 November, 2009

Do you have any old books?  If so, one of them may be worth a lot of money. A first edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘On The Origin of Species’ has just been found in a toilet bookcase. The book is said to be worth $100,000. It would be interesting to hear what Darwin would say about that. No doubt he would have a quiet laugh. He spent five years cooped…

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Male or Female Doctors?

22 November, 2009

Do you prefer to go to a male or female doctor, or are does it not matter so long as you get good treatment? It is only recently that you have had a choice. It was very difficult in the early days for a woman to gain entry into a medical school. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to succeed, but only after 17 of her applications were rejected. She…

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Leonardo’ French Home

19 November, 2009

While traveling through France, I decided on stop in Amboise, as it was getting late. Having checked into a hotel, I went for a walk on a beautiful summer’s evening. To my surprise, I saw a sign that had the name of Leonardo da Vinci on it. Why would the great Italian artist, architect and inventor have had a house in a small French town? Following the sign, I walked…

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New Amazing Scientists Book

14 November, 2009

Finding the secrets of nature. Curing dreadful illnesses. Creating new wonder materials. Changing our world. Scientists have provided us with amazing discoveries. I have been working on a book and audio project that covers many of the issues above. It  has taken me on a journey through time to explore the life of some of the amazing scientists. The book and audios provide virtual interviews with Einstein, Darwin, Pasteur, Newton…

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