Tag Archives: medicine

Eugenics Never Went Away

Via Audrey Silk, Daily Mail: Smokers face breath tests before surgery: Patients will have to prove they have quit before being referred for an operation Obese patients to be told they cannot have an operation unless they lose weight  The … Continue reading

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Physician, Heal Thyself

I had the thought this morning, not for the first time, that antismoking (and perhaps healthism in general) is a disease of the medical profession which has now reached pandemic proportions. And it was a disease that was very difficult … Continue reading

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One Reason Why It’s Healthy To Smoke And Drink

In conversation in the Smoky Drinky Bar last night (and with Legiron a week or so back), the subject of the bactericidal, fungicidal, and insecticidal properties of tobacco smoke (in fact more or less any wood smoke) came up. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Crony Capitalism

Hurricane Irma seems to have blown everything else out of the news. And one thing that it blew away was the move that Donald Trump made late last week. Unable to get the Republican-controlled House and Senate to enact the … Continue reading

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Redefining the meaning of “Epidemic”

One of the odd characteristics of our times seems to be that, rather like in Alice In Wonderland, words increasingly mean whatever people want them to mean. So now “gay” means “homosexual”, and “liberal” means more or less the opposite … Continue reading

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Celebrity Smokers Will Be Targeted

Hat tip to Vlad for this Daily Mail article: Picking up another habit, Jeremy? Clarkson, 57, is demolishing ten packets of nicotine chewing gum per DAY as he battles to quit his 43-year smoking addiction. The TV presenter announced he … Continue reading

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From Cain To Cain’t

Possibly as a result of inadvertently attending a rock concert on Monday, I spent a while yesterday listening to music, and ended up watching a two-part (1, 2) documentary about the history of the blues. According to the documentary, the … Continue reading

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