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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: May 2014

False hero

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 21 May 2014

Thomas Midgley Jr, born 125 years ago last Sunday, was a US chemist who was feted in his lifetime but now has a darker reputation because of the impact of his work on the environment and on human health.

London’s funereal railway terminus

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 21 May 2014

Brookwood Cemetery was established by a special Act of Parliament in 1852 because of the growing difficulty of finding burial space within London. When it opened two years later, it was the world’s largest burial ground. At 500 acres, it is still the largest in the UK. The facilities at the London terminus included funerary workshops, mortuaries and a private chapel of rest. Initially funeral trains set off once a day, although by the 1930s they rarely ran more than twice a week.

Reminder of typhoid risk

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 21 May 2014

Britain’s last major outbreak of typhoid fever occurred 50 years ago this summer. The first two cases were identified on 20 May 1964. Eventually some 500 victims were diagnosed.

What’s in a name?

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 7 May 2014

By Bystander A study carried out in the US a couple of years ago suggests that the names our parents inflict on us may colour the way other people perceive our social status and career potential. 

Ignore guidance on water intake

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 7 May 2014

By Bystander A year ago (PJ, 8 June 2013, p684) I pooh-poohed the popular opinion that we should drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

Those innovatory nightingales

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 7 May 2014

By Bystander Ninety years ago, in 1924, the nightingale contributed to two major technological innovations.

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