Medieval Drugs III: How Do I Drug Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.

This is my third and final post about medieval drugs. A big “thanks” to Joe Gabriel for recommending Points to me and to Trysh Travis for giving me a soapbox for sharing some of my interests and original research with the Points community! Among the favorite stock images of modern medicine are the scientifically dosedContinue reading “Medieval Drugs III: How Do I Drug Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.”

Medieval Drugs, Part 2: The Drugstore in Paradise

Welcome to the second instalment on Winston Black’s excellent Points series on medieval drugs. To read the first post in this series, check out ‘Turning Herbs Into Drugs in the Middle Ages‘. One of the favorite advertising gambits of the alternative medicine industry is to promote the exotic nature of a cure. This is done with imagesContinue reading “Medieval Drugs, Part 2: The Drugstore in Paradise”

Turning Herbs into Drugs in the Middle Ages

We here at Points are delighted to welcome a new guest blogger for the next few weeks: Winston Black, an intellectual historian of medieval England and France who has published several essays on medical and religious education, and an edition, translation, and study of Henry of Huntingdon’s Anglicanus Ortus: A Verse Herbal of the TwelfthContinue reading “Turning Herbs into Drugs in the Middle Ages”

It’s Official! Dr. Bob’s Home and Stepping Stones are National Historic Landmarks

It’s official!  Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior, has formally designated a new round of National Historic Landmarks (NHL), including Stepping Stones, the longtime home of Bill and Lois Wilson in Katonah, New York, and Dr. Bob’s Home, the residence of Dr. Bob and Anne Smith, in Akron, Ohio.  As I have written previously, IContinue reading “It’s Official! Dr. Bob’s Home and Stepping Stones are National Historic Landmarks”

Weekend Reads: Lance Armstrong Edition

Viewed from the outside, many proponents of the War on Drugs seem intransigent in their views simply because they find it difficult to allow any new argumentation or evidence to affect what they’ve deemed a moral issue. Much as temperance was in the 1920s, those who support the American government’s battle to retain strict drugContinue reading “Weekend Reads: Lance Armstrong Edition”

Historical Hooters; Or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation

I didn’t expect that a trip to Alaska this past summer would become an ongoing tour of brothel museums, but it did.  Along with spectacular scenery, bountiful wildlife, and delicious food, Alaska tourism served up plenty of quirky history.  Casting prostitutes and madams of the gold rush era as heroic female entrepreneurs who purveyed bothContinue reading “Historical Hooters; Or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation”

Weekend Reads: Micro Edition

Early October is a special time on the college calendar. Undergrads grit their teeth in anticipation of mid-term exams, the Seminoles experience their yearly swoon, and frosh throughout the nation finally realize – not a moment too soon – that laundry machines exist for a reason. The most predictable of early autumn college rituals, however, mayContinue reading “Weekend Reads: Micro Edition”

Weekend Reads: The Many James Browns Edition

Weekend Reads revolves around the central idea that there is something to be gained in examining celebrity drug use and, much more importantly, the way society discusses public figures’ use and abuse of drugs. By looking at singers, athletes, politicians, actors, and others, we’ve gotten a chance to meditate on modern drug issues from a varietyContinue reading “Weekend Reads: The Many James Browns Edition”

Weekend Reads: Fiona Apple Edition

To denounce a celebrity for his or her abuse of privilege is, most of the time, totally fair and uncomplicated. When Floyd Mayweather argues that he should have his jail sentence suspended because he has no access to bottled water or designer meals in the clink, one feels a justified contempt for the boxer. OrContinue reading “Weekend Reads: Fiona Apple Edition”

Weekend Reads: Tragedy, Then Farce Edition

When Karl Marx claimed that history repeats itself twice, “first as tragedy, then as farce,” he didn’t have synthetic testosterone or Major League Baseball in mind. Nonetheless, the American public has seen Marx’s principle on full display in their sports coverage over the last two weeks. Mirroring last March’s moral pandemic about Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielderContinue reading “Weekend Reads: Tragedy, Then Farce Edition”

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