Daily Archives: September 10, 2011

Gheorghge Zamfir Plays Ciprian Porumbescu’s “The Ballad”


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Today”s Birthday: Thomas Sydenham (1624)


Thomas Sydenham (1624)

Known as “the English Hippocrates,” Sydenham was a physician who advocated direct observation instead of theorizing to determine the nature of disease. His conceptions of the causes and treatments of epidemics and his classic descriptions of gout, smallpox, malaria, and other maladies established him as a founder of modern clinical medicine and epidemiology. He introduced laudanum as a medication, helped popularize the use of quinine in treating malaria, and described what “dancing” disease? More… Discuss

This day In History: The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh (1547)


The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh (1547)

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh was part of the War of Rough Wooing, the ruthless war launched by Henry VIII against Scotland to force a marriage between Mary Queen of Scots and his son, the future Edward VI. The first “modern” battle to be fought in the British Isles and the last pitched battle between the English and Scottish royal armies, it resulted in a catastrophic defeat for the Scots, who came to call it Black Saturday. What type of bombardment was used for the first time during the battle? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Charles Dickens – On Responsibility and Work Ethic


I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.
(The quotation is from David Copperfield, Ch 42, “Mischief:”)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss