History of Medicine

A lighthearted view of the history of medicine.

“Doctor, I have an ear ache”

  • 2000BC : “Here, eat this root”
  • 1000BC : “That root is heathen, say this prayer”
  • 1850AD : “That prayer is superstition.  Drink this potion”
  • 1940AD : “That potion is snake oil.  Swallow this pill”
  • 1985AD : “That pill is ineffective.  Take this antibiotic”
  • Today : “That antibiotic has side effects.”

Here, eat this root.