Venice from the airBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7033.783 (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:783
- George Dunea
A 14 hours journey by air provides an excellent opportunity to catch up with one's reading. I chose Lord Norwich's History of Venice—a 670 page detailed account of how this city state acquired a great Mediterranean empire that lasted almost 1000 years, growing by means of trade, free enterprise, warfare, and skilful diplomacy.
So progressive was Venice that by 1335 it already had a national health service. The doctors were salaried by the state. They took yearly continuing education courses, with dissection of corpses, and also attended monthly meetings and exchanged notes on new cases and treatments. At times …