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Syriac Galen Palimpsest is a cool project and great to know that philological research still continues run by @peterepormann and @SBhayro…
Earlier @peterepormann had the #ERC funded Hippocrates aphorisms project…
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I've posted about this already, but "FIRST DO NO HARM" is:
* Not from the Hippocratic Oath
* Not accurately translated from Hippocrates
* Not actually a goal of medicine
(How could I say such a thing?!)
* Is very poorly understood.

#medtwitter #MedEd #hippocrates
If we did no harm, we would never do surgery. We would never give meds. We would never anaesthsitize patients, or attempt to replace lungs.

The actual goal (and oath!) is to BALANCE BENEFIT VS HARM so we endeavour to do more good than harm. We minimize harm when possible.
The Greek ὠφελέειν ή μὴ βλάπτειν (incorrectly translated to Latin as "primum non nocere") is a passage from the Hippocratic treatise on Epidemics "In illnesses one should keep two things in mind, to be useful rather than cause no harm".
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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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