Disgrace brought on Science: BLOODLETTING

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Disgrace brought on Science: BLOODLETTING

Bloodletting was sadly practiced throughout millennia for almost all diseases (including pneumonia, tuberculosis, fever etc), even in the presence of severe anemia. The amount of blood removed varied between ½ - 2 lt; bloodletting was harmful to the vast majority of patients and, in some cases, fatal or strongly contributing to death. Science shamefully lacked the honesty to publicly state it simply didn’t know how to cure some diseases; instead, Science carried on with …”unintentionally” causing patients serious harm for many centuries: As late as in the 1940s medical textbooks considered bloodletting appropriate for pneumonia, tuberculosis and pulmonary plague!

The scientific establishment was notoriously involved in more grave Fiascos, too, such as the fabrication of the non-existent “Luminiferous Æther.” Is Science to be currently trusted…?!

A minimalistic and rather abstract representation of the concept of Quiringh van Brekelenkam’s famous masterpiece “The BLOODLETTING” (De kopster), painted c.1669, out of Respect for the Original artwork: The real painting’s aesthetics and pictorial value is unsurpassed and can’t be copied; one can only admire the original exhibited in The Hague, the Netherlands, at Mauritshuis museum (built in 1640).

Posted by ioannis_papachristos on 2021-09-25 08:07:53

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