Causal Analysis

Causal Analysis - English 15 Causal Analysis Laughter as a...

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English 15 Causal Analysis Laughter as a Form of Medicine “The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused while nature heals the disease” (Voltaire). Untraditional medicine was the first form of medicine known to man. It is considered to be a science in which humans use natural resources to heal sickness and injury. This form of medicine dates back to the beginning of time but was first recognized in 2 nd century B.C. In the days of the Roman Empire people began to recognize more and more signs of actual recovery began to appear more and more often. The preformed such ceremonies which included the offering of honey cakes at the altar. In ancient Rome the arrangements suggest that in addition to a sea bath the patient made token ablutions at the eastern water basin, proceeded to both altar and temple and then to the lustral area (sacred room in which they considered their hospital) for proper cleansing before entering the main hall of the abaton (another form of a sacred room) or inner sanctum. There the patient lay down on a pallet on the floor, and presently an attendant put out the lights and urged sleep and silence. Then in the patient's dream the god came with an attendant carrying mortar, pestle and medicine chest, mixing a potion, applying a plaster, using the knife or summoning a sacred serpent to lick the afflicted part. If the dream was suggested by an actual priest making his rounds, the cure to which the patient attested on waking was still a thing worthy of wonder and thankfulness. It is from such expressions of 1
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thankfulness that there has come down to us the most vivid evidence of the treatment undergone and the cures affected. Although they were on the right track for development in herbs, drugs and prayer, they were still very far away from any form of anesthesia. They believed that whacking someone over the head with a mallet would suffice. As for the Chinese; they were known to be performing medical rituals dating back as far as 2 nd century B.C. They believed in religious, magical, and herbal cures, in addition to acupuncture, ginseng, meditation, and introspective therapy. They were much more advanced than the Roman civilization. These forms of Chinese medication are still widely used, especially in China and Singapore. It is interesting to me that today in the twenty first century we are still practicing some of these same procedures to our own extend. We today still believe in using untraditional medicine such as herbs, prayer, acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation and laughter. In a whole 1/3 of Americans in the past year have used some sort of an untraditional medicine, which is costing approximately $30 billion each year. In 1993, Americans spent over twice this much on prescription drugs and other
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This essay was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Stjean,shawnr during the Fall '07 term at Penn State.

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