Archive for June 2012

Sympathy for the devil

June 30, 2012

I would gladly give my life to the devil if I was not the devil myself. Mephisto. From Goethe’s Faust.


MDs in french countryside

June 24, 2012

This physician practices in association with 3 other physicians in a small rural french town of 5000 inhabitants. this is three years since he signed over new contract ‘m├ędecin traitant’ with his patients, because it already takes care of 2500 patients. He redirects patients to the two young physicians working in his practice. the practice can no longer take patients who are not living in town. Source: F.Marsal, french MD, in Que Choisir, june 2012.

french wines

June 23, 2012

One may not always skip strangers. a good German cannot suffer the French but yet he drinks french wine willingly. Brander, in the Leipzig Tavern. From Goethe’s Faust.

Social avoidance

June 10, 2012

the ability to practice avoidance is one of the most important differences between classes of our society. the higher the class, the greater the taboo laid on the contact is large and complex. Ervin Goffman, Canadian sociologist