[LMB] OT: Historical observations

Luke Bretscher rocketman0739 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 13 17:57:48 BST 2017


On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 8:40 PM, BJ van Look <vanlook at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> The Artistos were also exposed to a lot more pseudo medical bunk than the peasants--diseases treated with mercury, etc. Plus proportionally more lead.
> BJ

Objection--while aristocrats may or may not have had more
pseudoscientific medical care as a whole, mercury treatments do not
come under that heading. In the pre-antibiotic era, mercury was the
best available treatment for syphilis, which it did legitimately
treat. It was also mildly poisonous, sure, but so is chemotherapy, and
we don't call that pseudoscience.

Luke


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