Hippocrates may have worked at a temple of Asclepius. He may have claimed direct descent from Asclepius. Or, he may have just been a healer, as “Asclepiad” could have many meanings.
The only thing we know for sure is that Hippocrates became a legend. The most reliable historical record that Hippocrates did in fact exist is the following conversation of Socrates and Phaedrus, as recorded by Plato: Continue reading “The real “Hippocratic” oath”
Dr Woods Hutchinson, a doctor and health writer, once calmly said that New York should be torn down and rebuilt in a manner “fit for human habitation.” According to the Columbus journal of Nebraska, he thought “the money for this purpose should be secured by confiscating the fortunes of millionaires as fast as they die.”
Not that the Columbus journal agreed with Dr Hutchinson, or the people who “know nothing, do nothing, [and] cheer themselves hoarse with his suggestion.”
One wonders if Dr Hutchinson were merely joking, and others merely laughing along with him. Then again, if you’ve ever been to certain parts of New York City, you might think he was being serious.
However, other stories show that people took the idea of dwellings being “fit for human habitation” very seriously. When landlord-politicians object to building codes that require homes to be “fit for human habitation,” you wonder whether these landlord-politicians know their history. Continue reading “What did “fit for human habitation” mean?”