nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Non-Medical Quote Of The Day - 4 July 10

 
OK, it's not medical but it's the 4th of July, Independence Day.  What are you doing to celebrate this milestone in human history?

The words are those of the political philosopher Montesquieu.  He said, it is necessary
"to a republic to have only a small territory, otherwise it cannot long subsist: in a large one, there are men of large fortunes, and consequently of less moderation; there are too great deposits to intrust in the hands of a single subject, an ambitious person soon becomes sensible that he may be happy, great, and glorious by oppressing his fellow citizens, and that he might raise himself to grandeur, on the ruins of his country. In large republics, the public good is sacrificed to a thousand views; in a small one the interest of the public is easily perceived, better understood, and more within the reach of every citizen; abuses have a less extent, and of course are less protected."
If this rings a bell, welcome to the club.

Doc D
 
 

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