Monthly Archives: September 2010

Jennifer: Chorea

Huntington disease is called hereditary chorea or Huntington chorea, the word “Chorea” comes from the Greek word “dance” referring to the involuntary movement of the feet and face and as disease progresses. A person with Chorea develops abnormal movement, dementia, … Continue reading

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Jennifer: Malaria

Malaria is an ancient, common tropical disease that is very fatal. It is spread by certain kinds of mosquitoes. Symptoms of malaria include joint pain, flashes of fever, and nausea. These symptoms can be cured, but the disease comes back … Continue reading

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Jennifer: Smallpox

Smallpox is a highly infectious and lethal disease that is caused by the variola virus, a member of the poxvirus family. The virus is airborne and is easily spread through sneezes, coughing, and even by touching objects such as books … Continue reading

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Josh – Wine as a Remedy

Wine is one of the oldest drinks in the world: people learned very quickly to ferment various plants to get an alcoholic beverage. But it was used as more than just an enjoyable drink, alcohol was used in many medicinal … Continue reading

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Danielle – Medical Figures of Ancient Egypt

Danielle Medical Figures of Ancient Egypt Ancient Egyptian physicians relied heavily on status and connections. They strongly believed in mythology and not so much in straight forward medical ways. The two most famous physicians from Ancient Egypt were Lady Peseshet … Continue reading

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Josh – Trepanation

Trepanation is the ancient practice of drilling a hole in one’s head to heal, and is one of the first attempts at accurate invasive surgery to be practiced. The idea to most people now is abhorrent and barbaric, but is still used … Continue reading

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Danielle – Medical Figures of Ancient Rome

Danielle Medical Figures of Ancient Rome   Launching from 219 b.c.e Romans copied their medical philosophies from the Greeks. Their medicine was undeveloped and far from modern. However, two famous Roman doctors did arise from early Rome. A Roman physician … Continue reading

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