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Velikovsky’s Worlds in Collision

Having just read Michael Gordin’s piece on Velikovsky, I was more than a little surprised when I received in the mail today a copy of Immanuel Velikovsky’s Worlds in Collision. For various and sundry reasons, I am one of the “very few people under 50” who not only has heard of Velikovsky but also has […]

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Astrology and Morbus Gallicus

An early woodcut of a man suffering from the scabies—or morbus gallicus or, as we like to call it today, syphilis—is attributed to Albrecht Dürer. This woodcut illustrated a poem by the Nürnberg city physician Theodericus Ulsenius, his Vaticinium in epidemicam scabiem. Like most physicians, Ulsenius explained how the disease had been caused by a […]