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Cancer: An Introduction

There are only a handful of historical documents that mention diseases even remotely comparable to cancer. Imhotep, the most celebrated of ancient Egyptian medical men, identified a “bulging mass in the breast” of one patient, and even with all of … Continue reading

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OINK! The Circle of Blood

The year is 1626, the place, London, England. The dining room of William Harvey has been cleared of the evening’s meal, the plates, cups and cutlery safely outside the room. The table has been stocked with cutting instruments, small bowls, … Continue reading

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Early Blood Transfusion

The early years of the scientific revolution, humanity’s first poke at addressing the real world sans our traditional superstitious blinders, were not nearly so wholly embraced with the urgency we might today expect. Seventeenth century medicine was still informed exclusively … Continue reading

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On “This Changes Everything”

Every decade or so, Naomi Klein produces a massive work, analyzing something of particular importance to the sociopolitical realm in Western culture. Her newest book, “This Changes Everything”, concentrates on the sociopolitical realities of climate change. It is not a … Continue reading

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Letting Go of Superman

I was asked, once, to name someone I consider a hero and why. It was not, and is not, an easy question to answer, because I am pretty much the antithesis of a traditionalist. I am a secular humanist. An … Continue reading

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GMOs: An Ancient Practice, Refined

Granny Smith apples. Chiquita bananas. Golden Retrievers. Mice that glow in the dark. Every last one of them are genetically modified organisms. While it’s true that most of them took multiple generations to become what they are, all of them … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Medium

The last fifteen years has seen an explosion of films related to the much-beleaguered medium known as comic books. While the medium itself has its roots in ancient history, most of us still think of them in terms of the … Continue reading

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