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Despite these unorthodox medical practices, the end of the 18th century was marked by many true medical innovations. British physicians William Smellie and William Hunter made advances in obstetrics that established this field as a separate branch of medicine. The British social reformer John Howard furthered humane treatment for hospital patients and prison inmates throughout Europe. In 1796 British physician Edward Jenner introduced vaccination to prevent smallpox. His efforts both controlled this dreaded disease and also established the science of immunization.


Posted March 2, 2011 by dmacc502 in History, medical

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Wisc. Governor Makes a Threat to Sic the National Guard on Union Workers | | AlterNet   Leave a comment

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Walker�threatened to use the National Guard�if his state’s public employees go on strike in response to his proposal to strip them of the right to bargain collectively.

By merely mentioning the possibility of deploying the Guard to prevent a strike, Governor Walker has threatened to militarize the attack on unions. The 150-year history of the American labor movement shows that such moves often lead to the deaths of union members.

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Posted February 16, 2011 by dmacc502 in government

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Rare 1770 Map of New York City Is Restored –   Leave a comment

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It was rolled up among other yellowed maps and prints that came off a delivery truck at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s stately office near the East River. Carolyn Hansen, the society’s map cataloguer, began to gently unfurl the canvas.


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The 1770 map before, left, and after its restoration.

“You could hear it rip,” said Ms. Hansen, 29, still cringing at the memory. She stopped pulling. But enough of the map, browned with age and dry and crisp as a stale chip, was open to reveal a name: Ratzer.

“We have a Ratzer map,” said James Rossman, chairman of the society, who happened to be in the building that Monday last May. That statement, despite the reverence in its delivery, meant little to the others in the room, but it would soon reverberate in cartography circles and among map scholars.

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Stalin's 131st Birthday | Video | Multimedia | The Moscow Times   Leave a comment

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Stalin’s 131st Birthday | Video | Multimedia | The Moscow Times.

A group of Russians laid over 4,000 roses on Josef Stalin’s grave Tuesday to commemorate the Soviet dictator’s 131st birthday. Stalin is still one of the most popular historical figures in Russia nearly 19 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Posted December 21, 2010 by dmacc502 in global, History

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Torture Museum in Amsterdam   Leave a comment

First you enter a dark corridor in a theater like décor, and then several small and equally dark rooms follow. The Torture Museum endeavors to document the history of the human cruelty – Scaring the hell out of you… is their publicity tagline. Do not worry; you will not see any of the modern wars here. The exhibition presents mainly old prints enlargements, shown on light boxes. The quality of these images as well as the appearance of the whole presentation is quite imperfect. Luckily – because it softens its impact on a visitor.

All the museum information has been typed on small yellow sheets paper in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The museum’s small spaces are been badly lit, probably to hide the walls, made from poorly painted multiplex. The result is that the real asset of the museum – several mediaeval torture instruments and one rusty guillotine are hardly visible and remain hidden in the darkness.


Posted December 14, 2010 by dmacc502 in global, History

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Fight to protect 'hallowed' sites of Scots battlefields – The Scotsman   Leave a comment

• The Battle of Pinkie, in 1547, may have featured knights in armour but it was the first battle in Britain where gunpowder played a decisive role, and Scottish troops were bombarded by land and sea

Now Historic Scotland, the Scottish Government agency tasked with safeguarding the country’s historic environment, has released a new inventory of 17 historic battlefield sites in Scotland to give them greater protection in future planning decisions.

Detailed maps released today show historians’ best guess of where armies marched and fought, with some areas already heavily developed.

The Inventory of Historic Battlefields does not offer new legal protections, but aims to stir local community interest, raise the sites’ profiles, and help planners to keep what remains as “sustainable” historic sites.

The battle sites range from Bannockburn – partly buried under modern Stirling and still seen as threatened by development – to the lesser-known but brutal and bloody Battle of Pinkie, in 1547, near Musselburgh and Wallyford.

Up to 15,000 Scots died at Pinkie, historians believe, several times more than Culloden, in a pitched battle between the Scots and the English armies of Henry VIII.

Posted December 13, 2010 by dmacc502 in global, History

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Nostradamus, (December 14, 1503 – July 1, 1566) born Michel de Nostredame, is one of the world’s most famous authors of prophecies. He is most famous for his book Les Propheties, which consists of rhymed quatrains (4-line poems) grouped into sets of 100, called Centuries.

Nostradamus enthusiasts have credited him with predicting a copious number of events in world history, including the French Revolution, the atom bomb, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Detractors, however, see such predictions as examples of vaticinium ex eventu, retroactive clairvoyance and selective thinking, which find non-existent patterns in ambiguous statements. Because of this, it has been claimed that Nostradamus is “100% accurate at predicting events after they happen”.


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