History of Medicine

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Doctor, I have an ear ache:

  • 2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
  • 1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
  • 1700 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, let us bleed out the bad blood."
  • 1850 A.D. - "Blood letting is unhealthy, drink this potion."
  • 1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
  • 1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
  • 2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!"


If I think it's funny, it should get indexed here.