Monday 25th of May 2020

the US constitution might have been signed in a haze of marijuana smoke...

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George Washington probably died from pneumonia, age 67. The only treatment for anything in those days was to bleed the patient. As far as a cure is concerned, we’re still in the dark ages with some modern illuminations.

 

We have ventilators. We find compounds such as hydroxychloroquine that could work or may not work. Some are addictive and many patient are suing pharmaceuticals for opiate addiction… We need to do “a lot of” testing… Some stuff was known to be beneficial or detrimental to health — all by trial and error. The list of poisons is long. Some mushrooms are said to be contributing to our general well-being, while others are fatal or can send us with the hallucinogenic pixies. 



George was not of general good health. His false teeth were famous for bothering him. Made of various material from ivory to bone and metal, they gave him trouble: “they are both uneasy in the mouth and bulge my lips out" and that the teeth "have, by degrees, worked loose”, despite having been made by the best of the best dentists... 

When Washington was inaugurated President in 1789, only one real tooth remained in his mouth. Dr. John Greenwood, a former soldier in the Revolution, and a pioneer in American dentistry — fashioned an advanced set of dentures carved out of hippopotamus ivory and used gold wire springs and brass screws to also hold human teeth. Greenwood even left a hole in the dentures to accommodate Washington's single tooth as he believed a dentist should "never extract a tooth… when there is a possibility of saving it.”

Washington lost this tooth eventually and he gave it to Greenwood who cherished it in a special case.

George did not like slavery nor did he like big business, but he liked hemp, whiskey and tobacco — as income generators, of course. One can imagine the “fathers” in a room full of smoke, tobacco and marijuana, with a few shots of whiskey on the table, and a few quills, writing in cursive and signing “just kidding”… 

As nearly 100,000 people have died from the Covid19 in the USA, one wonders about the improvements of medicine since George Washington days. It is believed that George had survived smallpox but had made him infertile. His only descendants were his stepson and step daughter after he married a 26 year-old widow with two kids. His stepdaughter died in his arms, from an epileptic fit. 

He was for emancipation but “the time was not right” during his lifetime — though he made sure in his will that when his wife died, hers and his slaves would be emancipated. 

Nowadays, the world is ruled by The Donald. Here the contrast is striking. George Washington bought land in bulk to resell to small enterprising individuals, in order to foster diversity, rather than sell it to monopolising big business. 

This is why kiddies, it is important to look after your own teeth… Brush, floss and toothpick...

Endeth history lesson for today 21 May 2020...
Gl.

struggling with the mouth...

It could be an illusion, but Gus believes that the artist, Gilbert Stuart Williamstown, in the above portrait of George Washington, struggled to paint the mouth. It seems the colours have gone muddy from various efforts in either trying to disguise the protruding lips or the clinching of teeth — unless George always had a five o'clock shadow... Who knows, it could be some later retouching by a restorer...