A Short History of Medicine

I have an earache…

2000 B. C. – Here, eat this root.

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

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.

2000 A. D. – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.


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