Thomas Paine: The Crisis, No. 1(1776)
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The term crisis derives from the Hippocratic medical terminology of ancient Greece. In Paine's day, Greek medicine was still the dominant paradigm of medicine, though it was beginning to be overturned by the scientific approaches propagated at institutions such as the Pennsylvania Hospital co-founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1751. Such a crisis was considered to be the point in the progression of an illness at which the physician could accurately determine whether the patient would recover or die. Paine tells his readers in the first...
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