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What is cholera? History of disease and medicine

By |2017-09-06T17:31:15+00:00September 6th, 2017|Biology, Science|

Washing clothes in the river (India) Cholera (KOLL-uh-rah) is a very serious sickness. It probably first got started in India. People in India were dying of cholera by the time of Chandragupta, about 300 BC, and maybe earlier. Cholera epidemics in India usually got started during monsoons. During the monsoon, warm rain fell and raised the water [...]

European science in the 1800s

By |2018-04-16T10:32:30+00:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Science|

European boys at school in the 1800s In the first half of the 1800s AD, countries in northern Europe like France and Britain forced India, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada, and other countries to give them food. That meant that many people in northern Europe could stop farming and get an education. Families sent more boys to school than girls, so most of the educated people were [...]

Medieval Islamic medicine – the first hospitals and quarantines

By |2018-04-18T18:18:05+00:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|

Islamic medicine: From an Ottoman manuscript, two doctors telling the pharmacist how to make different medicines Writing medical encyclopedias Doctors made big scientific advances in medicine during the Islamic empire. Islamic doctors began by collecting all the medical observations and logic of the past. They translated the work of Hippocrates and his followers, and Galen, into Arabic. About 750 [...]

Honey spreads around the world – Bee keeping

By |2018-12-10T17:04:43+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Bee-keeping reaches West Asia: a wax writing tablet from Uluburun shipwreck off the coast of modern Turkey (1300 BC) Bee-keeping reaches the Eastern Mediterranean By 2400 BC, people were keeping bees in hives in Egypt, but nobody was keeping bees anywhere else in the world. Bee-keeping took thousands of years to spread around [...]