A Short History of Medicine

September 3, 2009
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Medicine means different things to different people. Like clothing, some trends come back.

Consider the recommendations of doctors, healers, and other medicine people over time:

    2000 BCE – “Here, eat this root.”

    1000 CE – “That root is heathen; say this prayer.”

    1850 CE – “That prayer is superstition; drink this potion.”

    1940 CE – “That potion is snake oil; swallow this pill.”

    1985 CE – “That pill is ineffective; take this antibiotic.”

    2000 CE – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!”

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