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Another critical remark on mixed bathing can be found in the Panarion of Epiphanius of Salamis (bishop of that th city on Cyprus in the late 4 century) spasms mid back order cheap colospa on line, a collection of polemical arguments rejecting various views considered by him to spasms just under rib cage order colospa overnight delivery be heretical and intended to spasms just below rib cage generic 135mg colospa with mastercard provide a spiritual ‘antidote’ or ‘medicine box’ (hence the work’s name) for the faithful muscle relaxant long term use buy colospa cheap online. He mentions there the baths of Gadara, where people travelled to use the baths for healing, but while the curative properties of the waters used for bathing there are considered to be God’s work, Epiphanius warns that the place itself has become one of mortal peril, as 351 members of both sexes bathe there together. The church canons, as discussed in the 352 previous chapter, forbade men and women from bathing together, although perhaps it should be noted that the Laodicean synod was a local assembly, and thus its decisions might not have had an immediate impact on the Christian society as a whole, and were only representative of the general attitudes of the assembled clergy – especially considering the lack of punitive measures for those who would not comply th with the restrictions. It was not until the late 7 century that bathing in mixed company became a punishable offense. This could indicate that mixed bathing was still present among Christians, although the fact of repeating a much earlier canon could simply mean it was included for the sake of preserving a rule that was deemed proper, without the rule itself having much relevance to the actual state of affairs. Finally, it is difficult to imagine that the Council would impose a law with such harsh punishment if the condemned practice was still widespread among the faithful. The matter of bathing separately aside, Clement also shares his thoughts on why people – including himself – frequented baths: hygiene, warmth, health and pleasure. He outright declares that bathing for pleasure should be avoided, and that while women can bathe to remain clean and healthy, men should only bathe when it is necessary for their physical well-being. The Alexandrian repeats the common observation that bathing too often leads to weakening of the body, even to the point of fainting, and warns that excessive bathing might prematurely age the body. Comparing body to iron (which also softens from heat), Clement notes that, like iron, flesh can be tempered with cold. This is followed by practical (and common) advice about avoiding bathing after meals or when one is exhausted and using types of bathing appropriate to the bather’s temperament and time of year. Finally, the reader is exhorted not to use the help of others while bathing, as the bathing assistants serve to promote luxuriousness and creates a 353 division between the bathers. After discussing bathing of the body, Clement proceeds to explain how superior to bodily cleansing is purifying the soul with the Word of God. Supporting this view with a number of more or less directly relevant biblical quotations, Clement nevertheless accepts that washing of the body is 354 occasionally still necessary. Baths appear multiple times in Chrysostom’s texts when he is reminding his flock that they should not be acting in the church as if they were in a secular place; the church, he wrote, deserves silence and order, as opposed to typically noisy places, 355 such as baths, theatres, markets. In another of his homilies, Chrysostom similarly complains that his listeners are behaving in the church like they would in a bath house, or in the market: they are chatting, making noise, laughing – while in all the 356 other churches the faithful remain in a reverent silence. The topic of talkative churchgoers (this time, specifically women) returns in commentary on the first letter to Timothy, and again the baths, along with the market, appear as the usual place for talking – in fact, Chrysostom claims that the women present in the church talk even 357 more than they usually do in the baths or while shopping. It would be interesting to know whether Chrysostom was speaking here from personal experience or merely made use of rhetoric; after all, exaggeration and referring to places and events familiar to his listeners was not uncommon for the preacher. In a yet another example the baths are said to be, along with the church or a market, a gathering place. Chrysostom reminds his listeners here that they should not merely frequent the church, like all the 353 Clement of Alexandria, Instructor, 3, 8. In the passages mentioned above, the baths themselves are of little, if any, importance; the stress is instead laid heavily on the proper attitude towards Christian rites and teachings. The repeated use of bathing and associate behaviours as examples of behaviour inappropriate in a church, however, strongly conveys the image of Antiochene churchgoers as unruly – and, apparently, bringing their bathing habits into even religious gatherings. That said, Chrysostom was keen to reverse the situation – one of his homilies brings up a hypothetical situation, indicating that discussing religious topics in (for example) a bath-house would have been quite desirable, as such conversation would 359 likely have kept the faithful from wrongdoing. Reminding themselves of how little value there is in transient pleasures with debates on punishments for their sins in the afterlife, the bathing Christians could use even such moments of relaxation to perfect themselves. Such advice was likely aimed at those who desired to involve themselves deeper into Christian lifestyle without giving up their everyday pleasures. The image of Christians enjoying a trip to a bath-house is supported by a fragment of a different homily, where bath-house is presented as a place where 360 ordinary men (as opposed to ascetics) hurry after a day’s work. The bath, together with the church, is also one of the two places to which a good wife may go – as for the most of the time she ought to be staying at home (this was briefly mentioned in the preceding chapter). The visit to the baths, however, should take place when the woman genuinely needed to clean her body, and not – as might be guessed – when 361 she would merely feel the need to chat or enjoy the other pleasures of bathing. This attitude is very similar to that of Clement – it would seem that, as far as approach to bathing was concerned, not much has changed over the course of nearly two hundred and fifty years. Both authors are addressed an audience of ‘ordinary’ Christians, and tailored their advice accordingly. Outright bans are rare, the emphasis is on moderation; the fact that Clement was writing for Christians who could still face persecutions, while Chrysostom was preaching to the adherents of what by then had effectively become a state religion seems to have had very little bearing on the 358 John Chrysostom, In Acta apostolorum (homiliae 1-55), 29. With a deal of heavy sarcasm, Chrysostom notices that more people than usual appear at the church during Easter – but at the same time, they make so much noise, that is could hardly be called a human behaviour! If anything, the tone of Chrysostom’s rhetoric on the subject of frequenting the bath-house seems to be slightly more relaxed and understanding than that of Clement – perhaps to reach out more to the now wealthy and influential Christians, without risking alienating them with too harsh words? The form of the teaching is likely to have played a role here: addressing a live audience, Chrysostom had to reflect more on its reactions, and tried to guide and convince rather than simply dictate. In a different homily, Chrysostom makes use of an allegory: a pregnant woman is going about the town, visiting a bath-house or market, only to be seized by the childbirth pangs, completely unprepared for the oncoming labour. The example is used in an attempt to convince the listeners that they should always be ready for the 362 life’s end, as that, too, might come unexpectedly. Here, like in many of the earlier examples, a bath-house is one of the places where Christians may find themselves during the course of the day. It introduces a level of familiarity and leaves the listener more exposed to the unexpected parallel drawn between the unexpected nature of birth – and death. Theodoret provides an excellent example of the importance of social interactions that were associated with baths: he recalls the exile of the Samosatan bishop Eusebius by the emperor Valens, and how an Arian, Eunomius, took his 363 place. From the moment of his arrival, as the church historian relates, the non orthodox bishop was universally boycotted by the city’s inhabitants; when at one time he went to bathe, his servant closed the door behind them, but as the new bishop noticed that some people have gathered outside, he invited them in. Even those who were already present in the bath-house refused to enter the pool in which the bishop was immersed at the time. Concluding, according to Theodoret, that they were refusing to enter the same pool out of respect for him, Eunomius left it, but other bathers did not use the pool until it was drained of the water “polluted” by the Arian, and refilled again. When Eunomius learned of this, he decided that, in face of such abject hostility, there was no point in continuing his work in Samosata any longer, and left. Although the lack of listeners during ceremonies, which the Arian bishop had also experienced, had suggested the widespread enmity towards Arianism, the incident in the bath-house made a very 362 John Chrysostom, In Joannem (homiliae 1-88), 34, 3. Eunomius’ behaviour is described by Theodoret as courteous and moderate, which makes it all the more obvious that the negative response towards him was motivated purely by religious reasons. The extent to which the Samosatenes were supposedly detesting Arianism is telling: the incident in the bath-house went beyond 364 the usual forms of social ostracism and took a nearly superstitious form. A somewhat superficial similarity can be spotted between the avoiding of the “Arian tainted” bathing water and the cautioning (previously mentioned) of Chrysostom against the tainting effects of baptismal “bath”, should it be accepted from non orthodox Christians. While Chrysostom’s approach has more to do with rhetoric and simply warns against associating with the “heretics”, the townsfolk of Samosata have expressed their sentiment in a much more direct manner. Eventually, as it was discussed in the first chapter, the nature of the bath houses changed. These changes were accompanied by a gradual inclusion of some of the remaining establishments into the ecclesiastic possessions. As the great baths went out of use, many of the formerly secular establishments became attached to religious foundations, which charged for their use – these are best known from the example of 365 366 Constantinople, but are well known from Rome as well. Magdalino noted that the diakoniae, religious confraternities which, among other activities, assembled weekly to feed and wash the poor, “Christianised” the bathing during the second half th of the 6 century. Twenty-five of these confraternities have been attested in the th th 367 sources between the 6 and 12 centuries. He noted that while a gradual shift from large to smaller bath-houses can be seen, bathing culture itself remained strong. Here, too, diaconiae existed and, among other aid, provided baths to the poor on Thursdays. Baths still retained their character as meeting places, at least for the nobles and the well-off. Showing off 364 Eunomius successor, Lucius, as Theodoret relates, evoked similar, if not even more radical reaction – the ball with which some boys were playing was “purified” in the fire after landing under the donkey on which Lucius was riding. This apparent remainder of the old superstition, while not approved of, allowed Theodoret to further emphasise the Samosatenes’ loathing of Arianism (Theodoret, Historia ecclesiastica, 4, 13). One change that can be mentioned is the fact that the bathers tended, in general, to wash themselves rather than use the help of attendants.

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In the love scene spasms esophagus problems generic colospa 135 mg with amex, Pulcinella muscle relaxant medications back pain buy 135mg colospa free shipping, viewed from behind muscle relaxant erowid generic colospa 135mg visa, observes the couple through an eye glass muscle relaxant new zealand colospa 135 mg discount. The man with an eyeglass is a favourite Tiepolo motif, occurring in a caricature by Giambattista, a figure in Domenico’s the New World fresco in Zianigo and an elderly gentleman in a flogging scene in the Divertimento (Figs. The eyeglass has a long iconographic tradition, dating back to Pieter Breughel the Elder’s (c. Another interesting motif which is repeated, albeit only three times, is the shuttlecock. It appears first in the scene showing Pulcinella in love, where a racquet and shuttlecock is strewn on the ground in the immediate foreground. It appears again in sheets depicting the victor of a game of shuttlecock and the game in progress. The Italian noun volano particularly emphasises the flighty nature of the game, and this whole notion of flight has various art-historical and conceptual resonances that will be explored in the following chapter. Moreover, Pulcinella appears to be a ‘flighty’ character, and this is reinforced elsewhere by his avian ancestry and various airborne exploits such as swinging, trapeze and tightrope walking. Consequently, a figure in biblical clothing may not immediately seem out of place at Pulcinella’s burial, and an eighteenth-century Venetian context for the Calling of Matthew would seem unremarkable were it not for the entrance of Jesus and two of his followers in conventional biblical attire (Fig. The leading practitioners in this genre in Venice were Giambattista Tiepolo, Antonio Canal and Francesco Guardi, and it would therefore have been a very familiar practice to Domenico. Furthermore, Domenico’s tendency to illustrate circumstantial aspects of an incident can give the impression of a moment caught in time that can make a vignette appear as though it should be part of a longer continuous narrative. This may well build on the tradition of the ‘eye witness’ style of 15 painters such as Vittore Carpaccio, thus offering Domenico the opportunity to again celebrate a particularly Venetian tradition. Having enumerated the repetition of individual motifs, I do not believe that any special significance can be attached to their repetition, which was used by Domenico to give a sense of narrative continuity to the vignettes. This type of repetition is too frequent to enumerate here; however, it was surely designed to give Domenico’s viewers the impression of being already acquainted with the drawing. It also gives a teasing sense of a coherent storyline in a series containing various sub plots and where the endgame is ambiguous. The quotations range from the precise to more subtle evocations of an artist’s works. In the Divertimento, Domenico paraphrases at least ten drawings from his own Scenes of Contemporary Life, whilst he also reworks some of the satyr and centaur monochrome frescoes from his villa, as well as making subtle allusions to his earlier work. Altogether thirty-six drawings in this series, in some way, recall facets of 16 Domenico’s personal iconographic repertory. Quotations from the Work of Giambattista Tiepolo Pulcinella’s wedding banquet evokes Giambattista’s painting of Anthony and Cleopatra (Palazzo Labia, Venice) (Fig. In this composition Domenico evokes the spirit of Veronese’s famous banquets such as Christ in the 17 House of Levi (Accademia, Venice) through the medium of his father’s work. The drawing showing Pulcinella in love is replete with quotations from his father as well as other sources: it shows a doting Pulcinella kneeling before a masked woman whom he embraces: this recalls the amorous couple in a monochrome depicting the courtship of Pulcinella at Zianigo (Fig. In a depiction of a Pulcinella Triumph of Flora, a triumphal procession led by Venus in which Flora rides on a chariot drawn by putti, Domenico closely quotes his father’s work, a painting of the same subject which was commissioned by Francesco Algarotti for the Dresden Court in 1743 (Fig. In Giambattista’s prototype, Flora is being transported into view by three putti, while a nymph dances alongside Flora’s coach with two nymphs, one is playing a tambourine. There are discarded items of clothing in the right foreground, a stone drinking vessel and a stick. To the left crouch a shepherd and a soldier, their hands full of blossom with which to shower Flora and her attendants. Sphinxes sit on the columns which form the entrance to the garden (which are metamorphosed into urns in Domenico’s composition). Behind the wall are three statues: a male figure holding a sheep which could represent a statue of Hermes, a central statue of a woman holding a laurel wreath and a statue of a woman, potentially a vestal virgin, who could be a nymph or a river goddess. Centrally, in the far distance, is an ornate stone water feature which was apparently in the patron’s garden 18 in Dresden. Many other drawings, a sample of which is discussed here, include incidental details drawn from Giambattista’s work. Four sheets depict the arrest, imprisonment, trial and release of Pulcinella (Figs. The first of the sheets that form this sub-plot is heavily populated with human 18 Barcham (1992), p. Giambattista’s Würzburg commission is again cited in a drawing of Pulcinella with an ostrich (Fig. This composition depicts three ostriches strutting across the lower foreground and the first bird is being apprehended by a Pulcinella who stops to examine its wing. The ostrich being apprehended by a monkey originally appeared in the African quarter of the Würzburg fresco (Fig 105), itself a copy by Giambattista derived from Stefano della Bella. The group of ladies and gentleman derive from Giambattista’s frescoes for the Villa Contarini alla Mira (c. The amount of detail in Domenico’s quotations from his father’s work varies enormously, from the occasional figure, to blatant pastiche as is the case with Pulcinella’s Marriage, Pulcinella in Love and Pulcinella Triumph of Flora. Although it is not possible to speculate why Domenico felt these compositions in particular merited such close re-contextualisation, the sheer detail in Domenico’s subversion of these three paintings in particular is an indication of his intense engagement with his father’s work and a further opportunity to recall, commemorate and perhaps even to satirise it. Quotations from the Work of Pietro Longhi Of his Venetian contemporaries, Domenico most frequently quoted the genre painter Pietro Longhi (1701-1785). For example, Domenico’s sheet depicting Pulcinelli being entertained by dancing dogs evokes a composition by Longhi whose painting of the 19 Lion’s Cabin (1762) can be seen in the Querini Stampalia (Fig. Likewise, the drawing depicting the flagellation of Pulcinella paraphrases a composition by Pietro Longhi showing a schoolboy being flogged (also Querini Stampalia). Vetrocq observed, a sunrise fowl-hunt was depicted in seven paintings by Longhi, and Domenico’s subject corresponds most closely to the 20 sixth scene (Querini Stampalia). Three sheets from the Divertimento depict Pulcinella with exotic animals: an elephant and a caged leopard. These drawings quote Longhi’s most famous genre paintings, such as the Rhinoceros, and a painting showing an elephant (Ca’ Rezzonico), and commemorated a tradition of displaying 21 exotic animals in Venice during Carnival. A further sheet from the Divertimento showing a caged lion is quoted directly from Scenes of Contemporary Life, although 22 Pietro Longhi depicted a lion during the carnival of 1762. Longhi was most famous for chronicling aspects of the daily lives and entertainments of eighteenth-century Venetians: a genre to which Domenico happily committed himself when he was not obliged to assist his father on grandiose paintings in the family tradition. Quotations from the Work of Venetian Painters from the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries Other Venetian artists evoked by Domenico, albeit fleetingly, are Titian, Paolo Veronese, the Bellini and Carpaccio. Veronese is paraphrased, albeit through Giambattista’s work most notably in the scenes depicting Pulcinella’s wedding scene and wedding banquet. They are primarily re-workings of Giambattista’s compositions 20 Vetrocq (1979), p. Sichterman brought her to Europe where she was publicly exhibited, to great acclaim, for the duration of her twenty-year life. She was an attraction in the Venetian carnival of 1751 where she was immortalised by Longhi. Glynis Ridley, ‘Laying down with the Lion – Carnival in Venice’, Clara’s Grand Tour: Travels with a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-century Europe (New York: Grove Atlantic Ltd, New York, 2004), (hereafter referred to as Ridley (2004)), pp. According to Ridley, the animal was so tame that ‘for many contemporary commentators and subsequent historians of Venice, the poor beast only seemed to emphasize the fact that this was a once mighty power in real decline. Titian is suggested in two sheets in the Divertimento: the drawing showing Pulcinelli Stealing Apples and Fighting is reminiscent of Titian’s Worship of Venus which depicts a significant tangle of Putti picking up golden apples (Fig. It is a painting which Tiepolo would undoubtedly have known, having worked in Madrid. Titian is more overtly lampooned in the drawing depicting Pulcinella Cattle-Dealers where a bearded figure, in white, wearing a skull cap, whose facial features significantly recall those of Titian in his late Self-Portrait (Madrid) which again Domenico may well have seen during his sojourn in the city. The turbaned Oriental figure which appears no less than sixteen times in the Divertimento is a recontexualisation of a recurring feature in Venetian paintings depicting the near and middle East from the Bellini and Carpaccio. Quotations from Other Artists There are two particularly striking examples of Domenico quoting other Italian artists. The first is Michelangelo Buonarroti’s (1475-1564) famously elegant drawing of Ganymede (Fig. Morassi quotes an excerpt of a letter from Algarotti to Heinrich Count von Brühl, statesman at the Court of Saxony, which describes Tiepolo’s enthusiasm for Veronese’s painting: ‘J’ai consulté particulièrement Tiepolo, qui a étudié toujours et imité si bien la manière de Paul Veronese. Morassi cites Hans Posse, Die Briefe des Grafen Francesco Algarotti an den Sächsischen Hof und seine Bilderkäufe für die Dresdner Gemäldegalerie, 1743-1747 (Berlin: 1931), pp. One of Domenico’s animal studies, the monkey riding a donkey, paraphrases Goya’s studies with monkeys in Los Caprichos, etching 38 Bravissimo! The image of the swing became popular in the eighteenth century, it was most famously depicted by Jean-Honoré Fragonard in 1766.

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The treatment of basic medical problems is considered to be sports medicine if the patient is an athlete or the problem is related to exercise. There are many misconceptions about internal medicine, probably because it is such a broad field. As a result, internists have the flexibility to work in many different settings: the ambulatory clinic, the inpatient ward, the inten sive care unit, nursing homes, and hospices. Instead, this very personally satisfying field of medicine allows a physician to help patients achieve the best quality of life possible. They treat acute and chronic conditions, not to mention common and rare disease entities. Even if you choose another specialty, no physician can avoid the basics of inter nal medicine. For instance, orthopedic surgeons have to treat hypokalemia, ob stetricians-gynecologists need to be well versed in the management of hyperten sion, and psychiatrists must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. If you are excited by the prospect of providing care for adults as a di agnostician, healer, motivator, and patient advocate, you would certainly find a career in internal medicine rewarding. Medical students who are undecided on a specialty should take into account that training in general internal medicine provides the foundation for a long list of career options. Within one career, you could practice general medicine, pro vide primary preventive care, specialize in one organ system through formal fel lowship, or even independently develop a specific expertise. By deciding to en ter internal medicine, medical students ensure themselves a career filled with intellectual stimulation, diagnostically challenging patient interactions, and re warding relationships. The focus on the patient makes practicing the art of in ternal medicine an extraordinary privilege. Jennifer Lamb and Ian Tong are residents in internal medicine at Stan ford University Hospitals. She is considering a career in geriatrics with specific interests in hospice care and the integration of geriatrics into medical school curricula. He is planning on pur suing a career in primary care medicine, focusing mainly on the urban underserved patient pop ulation. If you think an internist is an intern, would you choose one as your primary care physi cian? General internal medicine at the crossroads of prosperity and despair: Caring for patients with chronic diseases in an aging society. Effects of physician experience on costs and out comes on an academic general medicine service: Results of a trial of hospitalists. From higher cognitive disorders (such as Alzheimer dementia) to diseases of nerve and muscle (neuropathies and myopathies), neurologists serve as nervous system specialists at every level. With compassion and dedication, neu rologists take care of patients presenting with a wide variety of complaints: headaches, numbness, weakness, tremors, seizures, speech difficulty, and changes in consciousness. Although they deal with some of the most distressing and de bilitating diseases in medicine, neurologists tend to have an upbeat, calm, and casual attitude. They typically combine a sophisticated level of intellectual cu riosity with down-to-earth friendliness and optimism. Many medical students, after completing their rotation in neurology, are fa miliar with the stereotype of neurologists as excellent diagnosticians who cannot treat the underlying neurologic disorders. In the past several decades, new developments in neuropharmacology and non invasive technology have revolutionized the modern practice of neurology. As our understanding of neurologic disease continues to expand, neurology stands as one of the most stimulating fields in medicine. Because the nervous system controls other organ systems, this specialty overlaps with an entire range of other medical disciplines. For instance, neurologists must be comfortable with psychology when treating dementia and hysteria, with ge netics when diagnosing muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, and with urology when evaluating a neurogenic bladder. They draw upon their knowledge of im 251 Copyright © 2004 by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. They use important concepts from otolaryngology to diagnose dizziness and dysphagia, from ophthalmology to evaluate visual problems, and from der matology to manage neurofibromatosis. For patients with strokes, intracranial hemorrhage, or spinal cord transection, neurologists often serve as consultants to their surgical colleagues. To deal with such a diversity of disorders, neurologists must become experts in an equally varied array of skills. They have to maintain a solid understanding of the basic sciences, particularly neuroanatomy, neuroscience, and physiology. After all, the neurologic physical examination is by far the most elaborate and important.

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