Rudolf Virchow

Sunday, March 1, 2015

   Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), known as the "father of cellular pathology," was a man of many talents. He is best noted as the scientist who stated the basic principles of the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels, and who proved that cells, not the blood, determined the disease or the health of a body as a whole.
   Born in Schivelbein, Pomerania (Germany), Rudolf Virchow was the only child of a small merchant. He was educated at the Gymnasium of Coslin and Friedrich Wilhelm Institute in Berlin. A gifted student, Virchow was able to work long hours without tiring and his interests were many. In 1843, a few months after graduation from Wilhelm Institute, Virchow became assistant surgeon at Charite Hospital at the age of 21 and prorector three years later. In spite of a heavy schedule, Virchow continued his research and started the leading medical publications of Europe of his day.
In 1847 Virchow was sent by his government to Silesia, Poland, to take measures in the control of an outbreak of typhus fever among the Silesians suffering from famine.
   Angered by the conditions he found, Virchow actively joined the German revolution of 1848 and when the monarchy was restored he was asked to resign his post at Charite. He accepted an invitation to become Professor of Pathological Anatomy at Wursburg, where he served for several years, and published Cellular Pathology and Thrombosis and Embolism.

The Weather

Sunday, February 22, 2015

   Hurricane "Flossie," in September, 1956, left 50 billion tons of water on the eastern coast in less than three days. Floods cause hundred of millions of dollars of damage each year across the country. There is an average of 593 tornadoes, and 6000 hail, lightning, wind, and thunderstorms each year. No wonder that everyone talks about the weather!
   A good idea of the weather can be formed by observing different weather conditions each day. These are the temperature of the air, the humidity, the direction and speed of the wind, the amount of clouds, and any rain or snow. The one element of weather hardly noticeable is the air pressure. But this is one of the most important, since daily changes in all the other elements depend on pressure changes. All these elements must be considered together to give the current conditions of the atmosphere which is called weather.

Antonio Gaudi

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Church of the
Holy Family
   Antonio Gaudi was a Spanish architect. Born Antonio Gaudi y Cornet, at Reus, Spain, June 26, 1852. Died Barcelona, Spain, June 7, 1926.
   Gaudi was an architect of great vigor and originality. He is known for his highly imaginative, sometimes bizarre structures. His work shows the influence of the late-19th-century style of design called Art Nouveau, which was inspired by such natural forms as plants, trees, rocks, and clouds. Gaudi also followed the Art Nouveau in his use of sweeping, curved lines to produce an effect of freedom in space.
   Gaudi's favorite building material was concrete, which he shaped into swirling, often irregular forms.
   Most of his work was done in Barcelona, Spain. His unfinished masterpiece, the Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona, is one of the most unusual structures built in the 20th century.

What is a depressant?

A depressant is a drug that reduces the activity of various body functions. Some depressants such as anesthetics, sedatives, antiepileptics, narcotics analgesics, and some muscle relaxants, slow nervous and muscular activity by acting on the central nervous system. Tranquilizers are depressants that affect only part of the nervous system. They induce relaxation without causing total depression.

Facts about birthstones

Facts about birthstones
Did you know? The current assignation of stones to months was established in 1912