Saturday, 17 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 3 of 10)


Medical practitioners had little incentive to abandon useless treatments for which they could charge hefty fees. The discovery of inexpensive natural remedies undermined their incomes and reputations.

Historical distance allows us to contemplate the 16th century with a feeling of superiority. When we read about the beliefs that people upheld five hundred years ago, we react with amusement. Why did knowledge evolve so slowly? Why did ignorance and prejudice persist for so long?

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by jamesdale10 under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 3 of 10)


Medical practitioners had little incentive to abandon useless treatments for which they could charge hefty fees. The discovery of inexpensive natural remedies undermined their incomes and reputations.

Historical distance allows us to contemplate the 16th century with a feeling of superiority. When we read about the beliefs that people upheld five hundred years ago, we react with amusement. Why did knowledge evolve so slowly? Why did ignorance and prejudice persist for so long?

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by jamesdale10 under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]