Sep 2017

Longevity of medical workers

We all want to live a long and healthy and fulfilling life, so, of some of the famous medical people of last few centuries, and even back to Hippocrates himself, how did they fair and who should we get inspiration from:
Prof Antoine Bechamp 1816-1908 (91)microbiology , medicine Sir John Weir royal physician 1879-1971 (91) homeopath Florence Nightingale 1820-1910 (90)Nursing Hippocrates 460-370BC (90) father of medicine
Andrew Taylor Still 1828-1917 (89) Osteopathy Elizabeth Blackwell 1821-1910 (89) 1st women MD in USA Samuel Hahnemann 1755-1843 (88)homeopathy Joseph Lister 1827-1912 (85)surgery Sigmund Freud 1939-1856 (83)psychology Galen 129-210AD (81)medicine Rudolf Virchow 1821-1902 (81)medicine Constantine Hering 1800-1880 (80)homeopathy
Pierre Paul Emile Roux 1853-1933 (79)med William Harvey 1578-1657 (79)med Henry Charlton Bastian 1837-1915 (78)neurology Samuel Thomson 1769-1843 (74)herbal med Alexander Fleming 1881-1955 (73)microbiology Louis Pasteur 1822-1895 (72)microbiology Elie Metchnikoff 1845-1916 (71)microbiology
Daniel David Palmer 1845-1913 (68)chiropractic James Tyler Kent 1849-1916 (67)homeopathy Robert Koch 1843-1910 (66)microbiology Thomas Sydenham 1624-1689 (65) Jan Baptist van Helmont 1580-1644 (64) Claude Bernard 1813-1878 (64)physiology Henry Lindlahr 1862-1924 (62)naturopathic Paul Ehrlich 1854-1915 (61)rationalism Wilhelm Reich 1897-1957 (60) heart attack or beaten to death in gaol?microbiology,psychotherapy
Pliny the Elder 23-79AD (56)med Antoine Lavoisier 1743-1794 (51) beheaded, chemistry Pedanius Dioscorides 40-90AD (50)med
Paracelsus 1493-1541 (47) med, didn't fair so well, but certainly left his mark.
Rene Laennec 1781-1826 (45) med, stethoscope
Nicolas Culpeper 1616-1654 (38) herb med, he may have been shot in a duel that eventually did him in, he did leave his mark also
Looks like Professor Bechamp was the longest lived, funny how we don't hear about him? Hippocrates ("let food be your medicine and medicine be your food") a close 2nd

Pleomorphism

'In the particular instance what was involved was the role and importance of the host organism. Microbes altered their forms in response to environmental stress. Disease microbes responded in this way to unfavorable or hostile conditions in the host organism. Pleomorphism meant that the host was an active participant in infection and disease- in contrast to Koch and the monomorphists who held the microbe to be all-powerful, the host organism a passive victim. Pleomorphism meant downgrading the microbe, since the host, by resisting the latter’s onslaught, could alter its characteristics.'
What do you think? What or the two interpretations makes sense to you?