Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Classic of the Month: 400 years of America

Grilling, fireworks, eating watermelon, and sunbathing are all traditional activities many Americans have been taking part in at various Fourth of July parties around the country. Cosimo is wishing the United States of America a big old HBD to with our July Classic of the Month 400 years of America: Her Discovery, History, Achievements and Politics by Georgie D. Runyan.

First published in 1892 by The New Era Company, 400 Years of America: Her Discovery, History, Achievements, and Politics was originally a supplement to a prohibitionist political magazine, published by the same company, titled The Question. 

Chapter 1 starts with U.S. history that predates Columbus, leading up to all the major points in American history until 1892 and the book's publication. Contents include Columbus' discovery of America in 1492 and other early settlements, the Massachusetts Bay pilgrims, the establishment of the Federation and the states, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and all accompanying presidencies and political parties. 

A comprehensive, if biased, history if ever there was one, 400 Years of America should interest any true history buff. 

About the Author
Mrs. Georgie D. Runyan was a women's news editor in Springfield, OH, the same city in which 400 Years of America, her only book, and The Question, a political prohibitionist magazine, were published.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July Book of the Month Puts Spotlight on Roswell Incident

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, which is why our current Book of the Month is The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert with a foreword by Stanton Friedman.

Colonel Richard L. Weaver and First Lieutenant James McAndrew, at the request of Congressional Representative Steven Schiff (R-NM), sifted through old reports in order to explain the events that occurred in July 1947, which became known as the Roswell Incident. Included in the report are references to Air Force experiments conducted at the time of the crash landing that could account for the debris discovered and investigated.

A follow-up to the report, Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico DesertCase Closed includes further analysis and discussion of the events. The Foreword explains, "Our objective throughout this inquiry has been simple and consistent: to find all the facts and bring them to light. If documents were classified, declassify them; where they were dispersed, bring them into a single source for public review."

These reports, originally published in 1995 and 1997 respectively, include an all-new Introduction from UFO-expert Stanton Friedman. The U.S. AIR FORCE is the aviation branch of the United States military. The headquarters of this branch authorized several research projects on the origin and existence of UFOs and published multiple reports of their findings from the 1950s through the 1980s. It is still the subject of speculation today whether the U.S. Air Force is responsible for a large-scale cover-up of UFO and extraterrestrial evidence.

The Roswell Reports are both available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.



Monday, July 3, 2017

June Book of the Month: Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion

With the recent news regarding the medical field in our current political climate (insurance and Medicaid, repealing ObamaCare, the Health Care Bill, and so much more), we at Cosimo are dedicating this post to health and doctors with Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion, by Dr. John Brown, Ian Maclaren, and Dr. John Raffensperger as our June Book of the Month.

Included in the book are the short stories "Rab and His Friends," by John Brown, and "A Doctor of the Old School," by Ian MacLaren. In "Rab and His Friends," Dr. John Brown recounts a true story from his early days as a doctor about a huge mutt named Rab and his owner, of whom the dog was fiercely protective. He discusses medical procedures that were cutting edge at the time, though they would be seen as invasive and rather cruel today.

In "A Doctor of the Old School," we are painted a picture of a typical doctor on call from the Scottish highlands, complete with an authentic Scottish dialect. This touching story shows how selfless small doctors in the backwoods of Scotland were, never taking a day off and treating patients right up until their own bodies gave out on them.

Finally, Dr. John Raffensperger, a retired surgeon with a deep love for and interest in these medicinal roots, paints a picture of the authors of these tales, John Brown and Ian MacLaren, showing how their ties to the Edinburgh School of Medicine shaped their stories and love of medicine. He takes us back to the first instances of modern medicine, where cleanliness standards were just beginning to be discovered and used and where medical procedures with anesthesia were rare. It is a fascinating glimpse into the old ways and will make any reader — doctor, patient, or friend — truly thankful for the advancements that have been made because of men like Dr. John Brown.

You can enjoy your copy in paperback, or order the eBook version straight to your Nook or Kindle and enjoy immediately.

About the Authors 
John Brown, M.D. (1810-1882) was a well-known Scottish doctor and writer from Edinburgh. He attended the medical school at the University of Edinburgh before becoming apprentice to James Syme at the Minto House Hospital. His experiences at the hospital influenced his writing, including "Rab and his Friends," the short stories in his book Horae Subsecivae, and others.

Ian Maclaren (1850-1907) was the pen name of Highland-born John Watson. Watson studied for the ministry at the University of Edinburgh and at Tubingen in Germany. In addition to serving at the Parish of Logielmond in Perthshire and the Sefton Park Church in Liverpool, he was well known as a writer and speaker, culminating in several speaking tours in the United States. His works include "A Doctor of the Old School," Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush, and The Days of Auld Lang Syne.

John Raffensperger, M.D. was a surgeon-in-chief at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a professor of surgery at Northwestern University. He has authored surgical textbooks, a history of the Cook County Hospital, a collection of short stories, and a "surgical thriller." He currently lives in Sanibel Island, Florida.