Sabillena, Miguel MJuly 11, 20111
Relevance of History of Medicine in Medical Education
A Chinese proverb says ³
a long journey starts with a single step.
´ Cliche as you may say but this statement says a lot about Medicine and history. We all say that the practice of Medicinehas gone a long way and it had gone through a lot of changes and improvement. From prehistoricera, up to today many have changed. Every year, every month, and even everyday, there¶s a lotof changes and improvement that is happening. These improvements and changes is not only for the sake of Medicine itself but for the sake of humanity. Improvement in the tests, the modalitiesand knowledge makes the health and life of each and everyone of us better. But how does the practice of medicine gone form crude tools and techniques to the advanced technology of molecular biology and automated medical technology? Well the answer is an easy one, it took one step at a time. The history starts with the unwritten prehistoric past using crude tools andunhygenic practices to the improvement of it by the early ancient civilization of the MideasternAsian countries to the philosophical and scientifical updates of the Roman and Greek Civilizations to the Classical and Temporary era of Medicine today. Each step had its milestonesand every practices and techniques became the basis of future improvements. The past era became a guide of the next in order to continue and also a stepping stone jumpstart the begginingof the next era.The concept of
history repeat itself
became one of the consderation in studying thehistory of medicine. In order not to continue the mistake of the past, improved technology or another approach must be done to improve. An example is that in the ancient times, being sick isthought to be caused by some evil spirit and the cure is by way of magic in contrast today where