Saturday, August 12, 2006

A History Of Medicine


2000 BC - Here, eat this root.

1000 AD -
That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.

1850 AD -
That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1920 AD -
That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1945 AD -
That pill is ineffective. Here, take this penicillin.

1955 AD -
Oops ... bugs mutated. Here, take this tetracycline.

1960 -1999 AD -
Thirty-nine more "oops" ... Here, take this more powerful antibiotic.

2000 AD -
The bugs have won! Here, eat this root.

Anonymous - Quouted in "Overcomming Antimicrobial Restistance" - World Health Report on Infectious Disease 2000.


Leonardo said...

Ohhh... tragicomic!

Tatti said...

I just wanted to tell you: We have something in common.

Steven said...

What do we have in common?