A Short History of Medicine

Quick and dirty, this is stolen from the wonderful Dr. Harriet Hall’s slideshow at the Skeptics Toolbox conference last month:

A Short History of Medicine:

  • 2000 BC: eat this root.
  • 1000 AD: that root is heathen, say this prayer.
  • 1850 AD: that prayer is superstition, here, drink this potion.
  • 1920 AD: that potion is snake oil, here, take this pill.
  • 1965 AD: that pill is ineffective, here, take this antibiotic.
  • 2000 AD: that antibiotic is artificial, here, eat this root.

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~ by jbrydle on September 25, 2009.

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