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The History Of Medicine

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The History Of Medicine

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:52 pm

B.C. 2000 Eat this root.
A.D. 1000 That root is heathen. Say this prayer.
A.D. 1850 That prayer is superstition. Drink this potion.
A.D. 1940 That potion is snake oil. Swallow this pill.
A.D. 1985 That pill is ineffective. Take this antibiotic.
A.D. 2000 That antibiotic doesn't work. Eat this root.

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Re: The History Of Medicine

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:14 pm

:thumbsup:

Hippocrates: "Let your food be your medicine, your medicine be your food"
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Postby retrofuturist » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:37 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Postby Ben » Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:04 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The History Of Medicine

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:18 am

Greetings Ben,

They're still here, they just look like this now...

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Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Postby Ben » Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:34 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The History Of Medicine

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:48 am

[quote="retrofuturist"].

Anti-biotics are cool. quote]Only when prescribed and used properly.

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Re: The History Of Medicine

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:19 am

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The History Of Medicine

Postby Mawkish1983 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:57 am

Well it's not that inaccurate. Viruses are unaffected by antibiotics and because of decades of misuse we now have bacteria that are resistant too (superbugs). Oh, if only we could evolve some sort of immune system to combat infection ;)

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Re: The History Of Medicine

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:41 pm

Greetings,

On the internet, even dead-pan needs smilies.

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Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The History Of Medicine

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Re: The History Of Medicine

Postby chownah » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:05 pm

Back on topic...I found this from http://www.chevroncars.com/learn/wondro ... al-leeches
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Have you ever heard of leeches? Leeches are small worm-like animals that can attach themselves to the human body and suck out blood.

Leeches can attach themselves to a human body and suck out blood for 30 minutes to an hour, removing about 20 ml of blood before they fall off. They attach themselves to the skin using two muscular suckers. They then bite the skin through three teeth that are inside one of these suckers. Leeches can actually ingest about five times their body weight in blood before they let go of the skin and fall off.


These little creatures have had a long and strange history in the medical field. The first recorded use of medicinal leeches was about 2500 years ago, although there is some evidence that the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs may have used these little blood-sucking creatures to help people that were having medical problems. Back then, leeches were used to remove the “bad blood” from patients that were suffering from things as basic as a headache.

The practice of “bloodletting”, which is removing blood from the human body, was very common in the mid 1800’s. In fact, the practice of “bloodletting” was so common that in 1833 alone, France imported over 42 million leeches. Other methods of “bloodletting” were also widely used during this time, but none were as efficient, predictable, and painless as the leeches. Leech harvesting also became a very popular and lucrative activity during this time. People would walk around in leech infested waters (leeches live in warm, shallow, sheltered water areas) and then remove the leeches that had attached themselves to their legs and feet. The popularity of “bloodletting” using leeches, however, was soon to end.

The practice of “bloodletting” lost its popular in the early 1900’s. It was seen as an old and outdated procedure that had no benefit to the patient. By the early 1920’s, the practice of “bloodletting” was almost never used. It was not until the mid 1980’s that we would see the return of these small blood-sucking creatures.

In 1986, Dr. Charles Lent of Utah State University reported in the journal Nature that leeches can be useful after the transplantation and reattachment of tissues. Lent reported that leeches can help to restore normal blood flow in certain damaged parts of the body. Basically, leeches can help because they have a natural anticoagulant (a substance that prevents blood from clotting and forming scabs) in their saliva. When leeches attach to the skin, they can help repair the venous (veins are part of your circulatory system and are where the blood flows through on the way back to your heart) system in the damaged area. Once normal venous flow is restored in the damaged area of the body, the leech can be removed. Some surgeons now occasionally use these little creatures to help with certain procedures. So, the next time you see a picture of a leech, don’t scream and yell “Yuck”. These little creatures can actually help us.
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We have lots of leeches here in northern Thailand most of the year...I get them on my lower legs regularly...I must have really healthy leg veins!!!!!
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