Here are some one liners...
The Cossacks Rebel against Peter the Great -- It was a mistake, but the Cossacks think Peter the Great is the Anti-Christ so it is off to war. I also talk about the Ukraine-Russian conflict.
Measuring the Pulse of the People and Jim the Horse -- Sir John is the first English doctor to recommend measuring the pulse of patients regularly. He also tests medicines. I talk about the FDA and a classic screw-up with Jim the Horse that brought it about.
Billiards and Forbes Field -- Billiards takes off like a shot and John Forbes is born... the guy that Forbes Field is named after.
The Cossacks Rebel against Peter the GreatFor years, rebels and discontents have been escaping into the semi-autonomous region surrounding the River Don. It is also the home of the Don Cossacks. Peter the Great has been taxing beards in an attempt to modernize Russia, but the Cossacks see it as a religious intrusion. Indeed, the Bible does prohibit the shaving of the corners of one's beard, a commandment that is subject to interpretation, but does that make Peter the Great the Anti-Christ? To the Cossacks... apparently so. The Cossacks are especially worried about Imperial encroachment upon the salt mines that they depend upon for food preservation. When Peter the Great sends Imperial bounty hunters into the region to pick up a few escaped serfs, the Cossacks see it as an invasion and ambush them. Several Russian counties will take part in this hullabaloo, including parts of Ukraine. The Cossack rebellion is on.  
Measuring the Pulse of the People and Jim the HorseSir John Floyer publishes his first volume on Chinese medicine but it is more than a simple translation of Chinese medical advice. He is suggesting to his fellow physicians that they measure the patient's pulse as a normal part of diagnosis. Sir John provides a great deal of data and examples of how the Chinese have benefited from this practice. It is his custom to be exhaustively complete... painfully so, at times. A few years ago he published a book on medicines after taking the medicines himself. He believed (AND HE WAS CORRECT) that many doctors would prescribe medicines for their patients that the doctor would never dream of taking themselves. He categorized these medicines by taste and smell and even blistered his tongue a few times. He listed the diseases for which the medicines could help, or were utterly useless.   
Billiards and Forbes Field
- * Billiards is being played in coffee houses in Berlin. By 1727, it will be played in every café in Paris.  
- * John Forbes is born. (A British general during the French-Indian Wars) Forbes Field will become the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the University of Pittsburgh's Pitt Panthers. 
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