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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.