Harry R. Schwartz

Code writer, sometime Internet enthusiast, attractive nuisance.

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The Pseudodoxia Epidemica


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Tags: books, history, old-dead-white-guys, science.

In the 1600s a doctor named Thomas Browne wrote a comprehensive refutation of many of the superstitions of his day. This has recently been published online.

Some of the propositions he refutes:

  • The common Tenent, that Crystall is nothing else but Ice strongly congealed.
  • That bitter Almonds are preservatives against Ebriety.
  • That an Elephant hath no joints.
  • That Iews stinke.
  • Concerning the beginning of the world, that the time thereof is not precisely knowne, as commonly it is presumed.

You get the idea. This book is amazing.

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