A short history of medicine

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Maybe the cavemen DID have it right. We mean, they ate roots, and isn’t that what we’re encouraged to eat today as part of a healthy diet?

In fact, we’ve got the feeling that medicine has a pretty darn circular history. This funny timeline confirms that hunch is right on the money.

2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.

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

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1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.

2011 A.D. – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.

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Compiled by Andrew Lopez, RN, for nursefriendly.com. Learn more about Andrew at nursefriendly.com.

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  1. Abby Student

    Well there are places in this world who are still at different points in this circle. An interesting study would be whether the circle rotates at the same speed in all societies. Sorry, I’m taking sociology now