October 18, 2012
After several months of bending backwards and focusing his eyes upward while painting the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo developed severe eyestrain. He could only read or look at drawings at arm’s length, above his head.
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Indian surgeons from as far back as 600 BC knew how to reconstruct a nose, as a common punishment for adultery was having one’s nose cut off.
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I blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday about the intersection of history and science. My favorite topics are the history of sanitation, funky fashions, and insects.