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The General Prologue - Translation. With us there was a doctor of physic; In all this world was none like him to pick For talk of medicine and surgery; For he was grounded in astronomy.

The General Prologue - Translation

He often kept a patient from the pall By horoscopes and magic natural. Well could he tell the fortune ascendent Within the houses for his sick patient. He knew the cause of every malady, Were it of hot or cold, of moist or dry, And where engendered, and of what humour; He was a very good practitioner. The cause being known, down to the deepest root, Anon he gave to the sick man his boot. Ready he was, with his apothecaries, To send him drugs and all electuaries; By mutual aid much gold they'd always won- Their friendship was a thing not new begun. The history of bloodletting. With a history spanning at least 3000 years, bloodletting has only recently—in the late 19th century—been discredited as a treatment for most ailments.

The history of bloodletting

The practice of bloodletting began around 3000 years ago with the Egyptians, then continued with the Greeks and Romans, the Arabs and Asians, then spread through Europe during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It reached its peak in Europe in the 19th century but subsequently declined and today in Western medicine is used only for a few select conditions. Humors, Hippocrates, and Galen To appreciate the rationale for bloodletting one must first understand the paradigm of disease 2300 years ago in the time of Hippocrates (~460–370 BC).

He believed that existence was represented by the four basic elements—earth, air, fire, and water—which in humans were related to the four basic humors: blood, phlegm, black bile, yellow bile. Being ill meant having an imbalance of the four humors. Why did it persist? A Brief History of Bloodletting - History in the Headlines. The ancient practice of bloodletting might offer cardiovascular benefits to obese people with metabolic syndrome, a new study published today in the journal BMC Medicine suggests.

A Brief History of Bloodletting - History in the Headlines

As the medical community contemplates its revival, explore this long-abandoned procedure’s age-old history, from its early roots to its use on figures such as George Washington and Marie-Antoinette. Several thousand years ago, whether you were an Egyptian with migraines or a feverish Greek, chances are your doctor would try one first-line treatment before all others: bloodletting.

He or she would open a vein with a lancet or sharpened piece of wood, causing blood to flow out and into a waiting receptacle. If you got lucky, leeches might perform the gruesome task in place of crude instruments. Considered one of medicine’s oldest practices, bloodletting is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt.

America’s first president was less fortunate than France’s most infamous queen. The Complete History & Progression of Bloodletting. Let's say you just can't seem to wake up in the morning and you remain tired throughout the day.

The Complete History & Progression of Bloodletting

You also experience aching joints and abdominal pain. Naturally, you visit your doctor, expecting to receive the typical lecture about eating right and exercising. Maybe they will write you a prescription to relieve your symptoms. But instead, your doctor asks a remarkable question that leaves you absolutely dumbfounded. "Have you considered bloodletting as a form of treatment? " Suddenly, you're thunderstruck. Well, yes. The Island of Drangey is the Outlaw´s Paradise - Stuck in Iceland.

Drangey island rises from the ocean, mysterious and distant.

The Island of Drangey is the Outlaw´s Paradise - Stuck in Iceland

When you sail towards it it looks imposing and unwelcoming. When you get there you need climb up a steep ladder to get to the top of it. This island does not give up its secrets easily. Drangey is located in Skagafjörður fjord in the North of Iceland. In many ways, Skagafjörður is a great tourist destination. Drangey is a strictly a summertime destination, I wouldn´t be interested in scaling it in the middle of winter. One of the many alleged feats by Grettir is that he swam the some 7 KM way to the mainland when their fire was extinguished. This swim has been repeated by 15 swimmers since 1927. The forming of the island was explained by a tale of two giants, one female and one male, crossing the fjord with the fjord with their cow in tow. I have to admit that I can hardly tell birds a part but bird watchers should get their money worth in Drangey.

View Larger Map Ready for a Road Trip in Iceland? Comments. Drangey's Top #13 Facts. FactBook Drangey's Top #13 Facts facts # 1 drangey drangey or drang isle, steep sea cliffs, towers majestically in midst of skagafjörður fjord in iceland. facts # 2 island remnant of 700,000‑year‑old volcano, made of volcanic tuff, forming massive stone fortress. facts # 3 first mentioned in icelandic classic grettis saga beingness refuge of outlaw grettir, spent lastly years there brother illugi , slave glaumur. facts # 4 in late autumn of 1031, grettir assassinated lay virtually dying in shed on island. facts # 5 old legend says 2 night-prowling giants, man , woman, traversing fjord cow when surprised bright rays of daybreak. facts # 6 drangey represents cow , kerling (supposedly female giant, name means old hag ) south of it.

Drangey's Top #13 Facts

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