Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: December 2011
William Gregor, born on Christmas Day 250 years ago, was an English clergyman and mineralogist who discovered the element titanium. He was an original member of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall in 1814, as well as a distinguished landscape painter, etcher and musician.
Long words are common in pharmacy and medical science, but the honour of being the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary belongs to a lung disease caused by the inhalation of fine sand and ash dust found around volcanoes. It is 45 letters long and begins with “p”, which is why word buffs refer to it as P45.
Mistletoe is most often used for kissing under at this time of year, but this unusual plant has a fascinating history in both folklore and in medicine.
Further to a mention in this column of the role of cooking in human evolution (PJ, 14 May 2011, p571), Hourglass was interested to read of a new study in which a Harvard researcher, Rachel Carmody, found that cooked meat provides more energy than raw meat.
As questions about food security increase throughout the world, there has been growing discussion about urban agriculture, in the form of allotments, community vegetable projects, roof top gardens and more futuristic concepts of growing crops in vertical gardens or skyscrapers.
My local NHS hospital currently has an appeal for funds to support the purchase of a “da Vinci Robot”, which will apparently enhance keyhole surgery because it will “enable our surgeons to continue to be at the cutting edge of their profession”.