Graves Disease Book: I found something that I had been looking for, today--a listing of other physicians (besides Dr. Robet J. Graves) who had written about hyperthyroidism in the past, along with their dates of birth and death and the dates in which they first published (or wrote) their papers desscribing Graves' disease. It turns out that a Persian physician from the 13th century may have been the first person to describe the symptoms in a Persian medical treatise.
I am delighted beyond words to have found this information!
Medical Transcription Word of the Day: Cauda Equina syndrome - Any compression of nerve roots below the level of the spinal cord, which can be caused by trauma, tumor growth, spinal narrowing, or lumbar disk herniation. Symptoms include one-sided or bilateral sciatica, numbness in the legs, bowel or bladder disturbances, loss of reflexes in the legs, and weakness in the legs.
Gods and Angels: I read an article in Archaeology last night about theories regarding Asherah, the Canaanite goddess, wife of El, who was, as far as I can determine, adopted by the Israelite, for whom she was regarded as Yahweh's wife. She is mentioned in the Bible about 40 times, usually in the context of having her images destroyed. There is more about her in the books Did God Have a Wife? and The History of God. There seems to be considerable debat not over how widely she was worshipped--she was worshipped quite widely before the fall of Judah--but whether her religion was an 'official' one or a folk one. Some archaeologists dispute that there is such a distinction. anyway, more interesting stuff to read about and two more books to add to my Amazon list, I see.
I put 'angels' in the title of ths section because I thought, if the elohim were creations of El, might Asherah not also have her own cadre of angels? It would be interesting to speculate about. The Asherim, maybe?