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Tannat

Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

Behold, Here's Poison
Georgette Heyer
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
Debt Collector Season One
Susan Kaye Quinn
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 336 pages.

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them - Jennifer   Wright

Dr. Barry, who was one of the most acclaimed physicians of the time, claimed that British people of "a better sort" contracted tuberculosis because they tended to imbibe liquor and eat a lot of meat. He deduced that they could therefore combat the disease through a diet of milk and vegetables. Eating vegetables is never a bad idea. Neither is drinking milk instead of brandy or claret or whatever else eighteenth-century British aristocrats were downing.

Seeing as how the milk would have been unpasteurized, drinking brandy or claret probably would have been a better idea. If you want to get technical, drinking watered down brandy or claret would probably have been best, but still. You just need enough alcohol to kill any bacteria in the water.

 

Yes, I'm still at it. I will give Wright some points for coming down against anti-vaxxers, but that's a pretty low bar.