The History of Medicine. Why study this?.
Many things we practice and use in our profession come from things that we developed over the years. We learn from our past and improve our future by examining what works and what doesn’t. As discoveries happen, we adjust our beliefs and practices to be able to treat patients and animals more effectively.
Eye of Horus, represented as the falcon-headed god, was an important god in Egyptian legend. The symbol representing his eye, Eye of Horus, was a powerful symbol used to protect from evil.
Horus-Modern day Rx sign.
Clara Barton-founded the Red Cross.
Louis Pasteur-pasteurizing milk kill bacteria.
Average life span was 4o-60 years.
Most rapid growth in health care.
Physicians were now able to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and cure patients.
A major development was Francis Crick and James Watson discovery of DNA.