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7 09, 2017

What is tuberculosis? History of diseases

By |2019-04-03T13:26:04-07:00September 7th, 2017|Science, West Asia|0 Comments

A child with tuberculosis What is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis is a lung disease caused by germs. Today we can usually cure it with antibiotics. But in antiquity there was no cure. Many people died of tuberculosis. What are germs? What do your lungs do? More about diseases When did tuberculosis get going? One kind of tuberculosis seems [...]

7 09, 2017

What is opium? World history of medicine and drugs

By |2017-09-07T09:33:48-07:00September 7th, 2017|Central Asia, Science|1 Comment

Opium poppy flower Opium comes from a kind of poppy flower. It evolved around 100 million years ago in West Asia and Central Asia. People probably realized as soon as they got to West Asia, about 60,000 years ago, that you could use opium as a medicine. By 6000 BC, in the Stone Age, West Asian farmers were already growing opium in their [...]

6 09, 2017

Ancient diseases and doctors – History of medicine

By |2019-05-13T10:53:35-07:00September 6th, 2017|Egypt, Science|0 Comments

Greek doctor letting blood out of a patient because he believes in the four humors: history of medicine How did ancient doctors treat diseases? Ancient doctors tried to cure everyone who was sick, but they did better with some diseases than with others. The history of medicine is full of mistakes as well as [...]

27 07, 2017

Al Razi – Medieval Islamic science

By |2019-01-21T10:49:36-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

A manuscript copy of Al Razi's writing (from 1094 AD) Where was al Razi from? Al Razi was born in Iran, in the Samanid kingdom, in 865 AD. That was when Iran was part of the Abbasid Empire. The Samanids were traders. They had plenty of money. They liked to spend money on education and the arts. [...]

22 07, 2017

History of Indian medicine

By |2019-09-15T07:00:43-07:00July 22nd, 2017|India|5 Comments

Indian medicine: the Atharva Veda manuscript: an Indian medical book Early Indian medicine Medicine got an early start in India. Even in the Stone Age, about 5000 BC, dentists at Mehrgahr were drilling people's teeth. They tried to fix people's cavities. That's in the Indus River Valley (now in Pakistan). Where is Mehrgahr? History of medicine The [...]

18 07, 2017

Ancient Greek medicine and doctors

By |2019-09-05T06:47:42-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks|31 Comments

Greek medicine: Sacrificing a sheep to Asclepius Getting sick in ancient Greece Disease was a very serious problem for the Greeks, as for all other people in the ancient and medieval worlds. One out of three babies died before they were a year old. Half of all children died before they were ten. Even [...]

4 06, 2017

Qianlong Emperor – Qing Dynasty China

By |2019-04-04T19:49:30-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Qianlong Emperor wearing his armor (ca. 1750 AD) Qing Dynasty in the 1700s AD The Qing Dynasty continued to rule strongly until near the end of the 1700s AD. In 1735, the Yongsheng Emperor died and his son, the 24-year-old Qianlong Emperor, took power. Like his father and grandfather, the Qianlong Emperor kept [...]

4 06, 2017

Opium Wars – History of China (1800s)

By |2018-05-17T13:34:33-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Opium Wars: Men smoking opium in China (late 1800s) Walpole and the Opium Wars In the late 1700s AD, the British prime minister Robert Walpole wanted to try to get more control of China. The British Empire was taking over India and Africa and Australia and they wanted China too. (More about Robert [...]

4 06, 2017

Silk Road and Silver – Chinese economy

By |2019-04-25T05:34:19-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Economy|0 Comments

Ming Dynasty Farmers reaping millet or wheat: the Chinese economy What did most people work at? Just like in earlier times, most men and women in Qing Dynasty China were farmers, who spent most of their time planting seeds, weeding, and harvesting. Earlier Chinese economy Ming Dynasty China Qing Dynasty China All our [...]

30 05, 2017

How flowers reproduce – Plant Biology

By |2019-06-11T05:29:37-07:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|0 Comments

Black-eyed Susan (the black in the middle is the seeds) - How flowers reproduce When did flowers evolve? The earliest flowers probably developed about 130 million years ago, in the Cretaceous period, as a way to attract newly evolved flying insects - mainly bees. When did bees evolve? The Cretaceous period All our [...]