Quote Of The Day

How to treat black slaves with ›Dythesia Aethiopica. Courtesy of Samuel A. Cartwright, MD (of course):

"The complaint is easily curable, if treated on sound physiological principles. The skin is dry, thick and harsh to the touch, and the liver inactive. The liver, skin and kidneys should be stimulated to activity, and be made to assist in decarbonising the blood. The best means to stimulate the skin is, first, to have the patient well washed with warm water and soap; then, to anoint it all over with oil, and to slap the oil in with a broad leather strap; then to put the patient to some hard kind of work in the open air and sunshine, that will compel him to expand his lungs, as chopping wood, splitting rails or sawing with the crosscut or whip saw. Any kind of labor will do that will cause full and free respiration in its performance."

The beatings must continue until morale improves.

Because science! Or medicine. Or something.

Not much has changed in 170 years or so. MDs continue to be asshole as we've seen these past three years. 

Plus ca change....

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