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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, July 26, 2008

First Postmaster Ben Franklin
[1775 - Benjamin Franklin appointed Postmaster and US Postal system is established by 2nd Continental Congress]

The New York State Seal
[1788 - New York votes to ratify the Constitution of the United States, becomes eleventh state]

Artist George Catlin
[1796 - George Catlin, artist, author, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania]

Political Leader Joseph Jenkins Roberts
[1847 - Joseph Jenkins Roberts declares Liberia an independent republic]

Nobel Laureate, Writer, George Bernard Shaw
[1856 - George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Laureate, playwright, critic, born in Dublin, Ireland]

Writer Aldous Huxley
[1894 - Aldous (Leonard) Huxley, philosopher, satirist, author, born in Godalming, Surrey, England]

The Star of Radio Gracie Allen Burns and Allen
[1895 - Gracie (Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie) Allen, comedian, actress, born in San Francisco]

FBI logo
[1908 - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) founded by U.S. Attorney General Bonaparte]

Actor Jason Robards, Jr.
[1922 - Jason Robards, Jr., actor, born in Chicago]

Director Stanley Kubrick
[1928 - Stanley Kubrick, director, born in New York City]

[1947 - President Truman signs the National Security Act]

[1948 - President Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981, desegregating the Armed Services]

Voodoo Medicine?

doctor snapping latex glove

According to a survey published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, (July 2005 issue), fifty-five percent of doctors say their religious beliefs influence how they practice medicine. This news should concern us, whatever our religious persuasion. If one is seeking spiritual advice it matters little that a potential advisor has medical training. Similarly, if one requires the services of a neurosurgeon, one hopes that the doctor would leave his religious beliefs at home, and instead bring to the operating theater all his skill and knowledge of medical science, unencumbered by personal religious convictions.

deranged surgeon with hand tools

William's Whimsical Words:

More than one religious group uses mind-altering drugs as an important part of ritual and spiritual experience. Should your doctor develop the munchies in the middle of your surgery, it may not be a good sign or a confidence builder.

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