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[Comment] Objects and the story of medicine

An object is a tangible thing. It can be held in the hand, turned this way and that, and appraised with the eye. It may create a sound or emit an odour. In certain circumstances objects have flavours, although our sense of taste is only needed if the object in question was intended to be ingested—even then care must be excised, as Paracelsus (c 1493–1541) wrote “All things are poison, and nothing is without poison: the dose alone makes a thing not poison”.