Medical Books & Guillotines
Posted by Captain Everett on March 12, 1998 at 22:41:00:
In response to That was wonderful and..., written by P. Bingham on March 11, 1998 at 13:43:13
] Thank you very much for that detail. I'm always fascinated with the history of medicine....I do know, however, that it was a biography on John Keats, who was not only a poet but an almost-doctor as well....Unrelated to medicine, but amusing, I remember noting from this book that, as a child, he played with lead soldiers and also a toy guilotine (smack me for the spelling). Toy guilotines were very popular children's toys around the time of the French Revolution, for obvious reasons.
Thanks for the offer, though medicine's only a minor interest for me. As the commanding officer I'd leave those things up to the Regimental Surgeon, who, as Wm. Dunlop (a surgeon himself) wrote, can kill men in a more scientific way than I can. It's just that I'm quite a period packrat, picking up almost anything dealing with the time. I feel the more I can learn about the period, the more convinciing of a portrayal I can provide at re-enactments. On the other hand, I often feel this is almost impossible to truly do, given that one would first have to completely erase any and all late-20C references, which are so completely interwoven into our thoughts and actions.
I doubt the guillotine would pass the politically correct stamp of approval today. Heaven knows, it might give the little darlings the idea that that is how we resolve our difficulties. ;-)
I remain, etc.
- You must lead an exciting life! P. Bingham 01:06:34 3/14/98 (14)
- Guillotines Captain Everett 10:19:41 3/14/98 (13)
- toys and guns. P. Bingham 18:55:01 3/15/98 (12)
- Caps Ken 13:14:09 3/16/98 (1)
- that's right! P. Bingham 16:57:47 3/17/98 (0)
- Forgive my vanity, but... Captain Everett 22:22:22 3/15/98 (9)
- no apologies... P. Bingham 13:10:24 3/17/98 (2)
- Do not apologise, Sir... Marie Bernadette 17:33:30 3/16/98 (3)
- HERE's the Link Captain Everett 23:10:01 3/15/98 (0)
- HERE's the Link Captain Everett 23:09:07 3/15/98 (0)
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