Tag Archives: immortality

Blood, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm: an inseparable balance?

John Graham-Pole Clydesdale, NS, Canada   Visiting the Island of Cos, Greece, 2013 Left: Under the plane tree; top: Hippocratic humors; right: Temple of Cos; bottom: Greek friend bearing sage Life blood: Humor and health In 1960, I entered St. Bartholomew’s Medical School on a full classics scholarship. I was a devotee of Hippocrates, with […]

Gilgamesh and medicine’s quest to conquer death

Anika Khan Karachi, Pakistan   The warrior king Gilgamesh grasping a lion in his left hand, and a snake in his right. (Assyrian palace relief on display in the Louvre) “O Uta-napishti, what should I do and where should I go? A thief has taken hold of my [flesh!] For there in my bed-chamber Death […]

Unlocking the secrets of longevity: the potential of Cannonau

Samuele Cannas Pisa, Italy   Bunch of Cannonau Grapes Ampélographie Viala et Vermorel   “O gentlemen, the time of life is short!/To spend that shortness basely were too long,/If life did ride upon a dial’s point,/Still ending at the arrival of an hour.” – William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act V, scene 2   […]

Tithonus and Eos

Emilio Mordini Paris, France   Tithonus and Eos by Francesco de Mura Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples, Italy The Pio Monte della Misericordia, a building in the historic center of Naples, is today a museum that exhibits important paintings such as Caravaggio’s The Seven Works of Mercy and many Neapolitan Caravaggists. Here the visitor may […]