[LMB] OT: Historical observations

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Jun 13 21:22:20 BST 2017

> On Jun 13, 2017, at 10:57 AM, Luke Bretscher <rocketman0739 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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.

But China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huan died of mercury poisoning in an attempt to stay young forever.

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