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#HematologyTweetstory 17 is about el bazo, die Milz, селезенка, तिल्ली - whichever name you use for the mysterious organ that in English is the spleen. Ask the proverbial man on the street, “What does the spleen do?”; he won’t know. (Image: Gray's Anatomy; the book, not TV show.)
The function of most organs was obvious to the ancients based on orifices: heart, stomach, bladder, etc. But the #spleen? Not so much. #Galen was so puzzled that he called it the organ full of mysteries, "mysterii pleni organon". Plato thought it kept the liver bright & shiny./2
“The viola is like the spleen. We have one, but no one knows why, or what it’s doing there.” - Harry Rumpler, violist for the Roussel Trio circa 1940 [Insert your favorite viola joke here... or don't; violists have suffered enough from such jabs.] /3
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Centuries ago, like now, there were hostels, posadas or taverns where food was served in exchange for money, as in a thermopolium in Rome (snack-bar) where we, readers of @LRB @TwitterBooks @nytimes @NewYorker @washingtonpost, would often go
After the #fall of the #Roman #Empire in these businesses food was served in shared tables and consisted of a fixed menu, according to what was already prepared. Even the nobility, like celebrities today, would frequent when traveling.
But, when did the concept and business of restaurants truly begin?
It began with Paracelsus (1493-1541), a brilliant Swiss physician who modernized medicine with rational clinical judgment and changed the way we eat in the #Western #world.
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