Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: July 2009
Traditionally it has been accepted that one could make a fairly accurate estimate of a child’s potential height from the parents’ stature but for some that is not good enough.
The whole world knows that today, 4 July, is Independence Day in the US. But what most people do not know is that there is little justification for celebrating on this day. Independence was actually declared on 2 July 1776 and most of the signatures on the Declaration of Independence were not inscribed until a month later.
Seventy-five years ago, on 4 July 1934, Marie Curie, pioneer in the field of radiation, died in France of aplastic anaemia. She was 66. Her achievements had included the creation of a theory of radioactivity (a term that she herself coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes and the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium.
In London’s Southwark Cathedral there is a glitzy monument commemorating a 17th century self-styled “physitian” who made a fortune from the sale of quack medicine.