Wednesday 10 July 2019


Medicine can mean the science or practise of diagnosing and treating or preventing disease. It's also any drug or preparation used to treat disease – I think that's what most of us immediately think of when we hear the word. Medicine can also describe a spell or charm thought to cure disease.

Taking your medicine means to put up with something unpleasant, whereas having a dose of your own medicine means to endure something you've inflicted on others.

A medicine man is someone with powers of healing within themselves, rather than a dispenser of drugs. A medicine chest is any container which holds drugs or medication.

Herbal medicines are traditional remedies, some of which work extremely well. Next time you have a sore throat, try gargling with sage tea. Tastes awful, but does the trick. Talking of traditions, you might like this free to enter short story competition from On The Premises, which has that theme. First prize is $220.

Am I the only person who doesn't trust any medicine which tastes nice?


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - medicine is the pits - yet of course helps us! I just don't take anything unless I absolutely have to ... cheers and enjoy the summer sun - Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You actually found one that tastes nice?

Susan A Eames said...

No, medicine shouldn't taste nice! :)

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Rosemary Gemmell said...

I don't like any kind of medicine, Patsy, and would always prefer a natural solution. However, I'm very aware that we sometimes need the other kind!

klahanie said...

Hey Patsy,

After reading your article, I have these lyrics swirling around in my head...."It's very clear to see That... a...Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down The medicine go do--own
The medicine go down. Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down In a most delightful way..."