the branch of medicine and biology concerned with the study of drug action, where a drug can be broadly defined as any man-made, natural, or endogenous (within the body) molecule which exerts a biochemical and/or physiological effect on the cell, tissue, organ, or organism.
Etymology: from Greek φάρμακον, pharmakon, “poison” in classic Greek, “drug” in modern Greek; and -λογία, -logia, “study of”, “knowledge of”.
The cute little monk in Xichan Temple, Fuzhou, southeast China’s Fujian Province.
from "The Dream of India" by Eliot Weinberger
In India wine is made from the milk of palmtrees. There is a tree whose fruit is a kind of bread.
In India there is a worm which cannot live without fire.
Snakes crawl about in the streets there.
In India they sleep on mattresses of silk on beds of gold. They eat at tables with silver vessels, and everyone, no matter of what rank, wears pearls and rings with precious stones.
There is a race of people there with eight toes on each foot and eight fingers on each hand. Their hair is white until they are thirty, and then it begins to turn black.
They have no poor people there, and all strangers are welcome.
(illustration by Valentina Harper)
Já comeu fruta hoje?
you are not fat
you have fat
you also have fingernails
you are not fingernail