A (Very) Short History of Medicine

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2000 BC  –  Here, eat this root.

1000 AD  –  That root is heathen.   Here, say this prayer.

1850  –   That prayer is superstitious.  Here, drink this potion.

1920   –  That potion is snake oil.   Here, swallow this pill.

1945   –  That pill is ineffective.   Here, take this penicillin.

1955  – Ooops.  Bugs mutated.  Here, take this tetracycline.

1960-1999 –  39 more “Ooops”.  Here, take this more powerful drug.

2000  – The bugs have won.  Here, eat this root.

Source:   British Medical Journal  (author unknown)

6 thoughts on “A (Very) Short History of Medicine

  1. Well, this explains a lot in a nutshell.

    I am printing this off to post at our Clinic – our patients will get a kick out of this.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Love this. Wonderful and CONCISE history!

    Thank you for this and for all the fine work you do on this wonderful and always intriguing site. I’m a new subscriber and look forward to each new essay.

    You just never know what is going to come up next here!

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