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Chronology: WINE > ALCOHOL > LIVER > HEPATITIS > CIRRHOSIS > ASCITIS

(details from "La Charette de foi, allegorie (vanite du monde, peches capitaux)") (see related A), 1598 Atelier de Gillis Mostaert (1534-1598) Louvre Museum, Paris, France

This individual appears to be ICTERIC or to be JAUNDICEd and to suffer from ASCITIS, a word derived from ASCOS. The following elaboration is triggered by the shared ideas implicit in ASCOS-ASCITIS outlined below and explored further in  related " Word-Ideas"  pages (asco, ascitis, alcohol, hepatitis, cirrhosis, joundice ...). 

The roots of many words, in particular those pertinent to medicine, are  among the most ancient and abundant. This probably reflects the fact that ancients humans who forged IDEAS and FEELIGGS into WORDS and VOCABULARIES, stressed the impacts of ailments, hopes for miraculous cures, expectations of having healthy children, and other sentiments quite difficult to convey in a single word. Thus arose clusters of words, like syndromes in clinical medicine, linking words through. Such syntheses were conveyed by links with mythic entities and metaphors. Next I draw attention to word-clusters that may appear unrelated but in fact, share ideas. At the end of this elaboration, readers can judge if such an emphasis is justified and share their views through this web-site. 

To analize the depicted PATIENT we must be PATIENT. Apparently his belly or ABDOMEN  has ABDUCTED fluid. The cause or ETIOLOGY probably is a MALady or DISease of the LIVER. The SIGNS  that SIGNAL such possibiity are the enlarged abdomen and the JAUNDICE or ICTERICIA. The likely mechanism or PATHOGENESIS  is HEPATIC or LIVER CIRRHOSIS, which also are often due to ALCOHOL and is generally LETHAL. The LIVER is a VITAL organ sustaining VITALITY  and if DISeased, the LIVING span or VIDA (in Spanish) often is shortened.    

ASCOS in Greek denotes bag and so is the ABDOMEN. In ancient days, WINE was the prevalent source of ALCOHOL and the cause or ETIOLOGY of alcoholism. Wine was consumed from ASCOS or WINE-BAGS or "botas" in Spanish, made from animal's stomachs. Filled repeatedly, wine-ascos became MAL- odourous - their stench was similar to the HALITOSIS of drunkards or "winos". For the ancients, HALitosis or "mephitis" reminded them of Mephistopheles, whose breath smelled of HELL. Mephitis also stands for a genu of skunks and MEFITIS is a Roman goddess representing the foul smelling gases of the earth. 

I conclude that it is beyond doubt that the ancients correctly linked the sequence of excessive WINE consumption with HALITOSIS, JAUNDICE and ASCITIS. I also conclude that the ancient "word-crafters, knowingly or not, embued such words with poetic notions that enrich our perspectives, comprehension and understading while enhanicing our memorization and expanding our consciousness. Below is a sample of just a few chains of related IDEAS inherent in words that may appear to be unrelated.  
 
ABDOMEN > ABDUCT 
ASKOS > BAG > WINE-BAG > ASCITIS  
ASCO >  ALCOHOL > STENCH > HALITOSIS > MEPHISTOPHELES > HELL  
ASCO > STENCH > HALITOSIS > ALCOHOL
VITAL > VITALITY > LIVE > LIFE > LIVER 
CIRRHOSIS > YELLOWISH > JAUNDICE    
The above and other perspectives are found in "Ideas in Images" , "Word-Ideas" , or "Overviews" pages.   

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