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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