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Health Headlines

Health headlines I found on Google news today: I found all these headlines somehow rather disturbing. The idea of health checks (first headline) bothers me these days, because in the past you used to go and tell doctors that you … Continue reading

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The Dialectics of Smoking

I’ve always supposed that the prevalence of smoking increased in 1914 in response to the outbreak of war, and the increased anxiety that must always be attendant in wartime. Soldiers must necessarily experience considerable anxiety, but so also to a … Continue reading

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The Nazi Origins of Tobacco Control

I’ve been thinking this morning that the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007 was the culmination of a very long slow process, and not any sort of new and surprising revolution. For the war on smoking has been going … Continue reading

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Community

Back in the 1950s, a home visit from the family doctor was a quite common occurrence. Family life came to a halt with their arrival. They were treated like gods. They took your temperature and your pulse. They rapped their … Continue reading

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Lost Wars

There seem to be times in life when you get picked up and spun around and left completely different from what you were before. These times will be different for everybody, but for many people there will be events that … Continue reading

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Interesting Fictions

I’m currently hooked on an interesting fiction. It’s the idea that when the Earth gets covered in ice – as it seems that it periodically has been -, the ice acts as a layer of insulation on the rock beneath … Continue reading

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War and Peace

For the past few months I’ve been thinking how the Earth’s climate alternates between ice ages and interglacials, between cold and warmth. And, somewhat in parallel with that, I was thinking yesterday about how human societies alternate between war and … Continue reading

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