Modern medicine is defined by tremendous advances in understanding of human health and the ability to moderate the course of chronic diseases, correct disabling physical conditions, and cure molecular deficiencies.
The concept of hospital as institution to offer medical care and possibility of a cure for the patients due to the ideals of Christian charity, rather than just merely a place to die, appeared in the Byzantine Empire.
Modern scientific biomedical research (where results are testable and reproducible) began to replace early Western traditions based on herbalism, the Greek “four humours” and other such pre-modern notions. The modern era really began with Edward Jenner‘s discovery of the smallpox vaccine at the end of the 18th century (inspired by the method of inoculation earlier practiced in Asia), Robert Koch‘s discoveries around 1880 of the transmission of disease by bacteria, and then the discovery of antibiotics around 1900.
As science and technology developed, medicine became more reliant upon medications. Throughout history and in Europe right until the late 18th century, not only animal and plant products were used as medicine, but also human body parts and fluids.Pharmacology developed in part from herbalism and some drugs are still derived from plants (atropine, ephedrine, warfarin, aspirin, digoxin, vinca alkaloids,taxol, hyoscine, etc.).
As an experienced patient of the NHS I myself have witnessed medical error and other “iatrogensis” – the simple mantra of our government officials is to deny and defend.
Modern Medicine is no different to Middle Age Medicine.
These doctors prescribe you chemical derivatives from a range of toxic and herbal remedies at dosages much higher than nature intended.
One of the major developments to medicine is those that effect the neuronal pathways in your brain, such as anti-depressants, opiates, benzodiazepines, anti-psychotics and even some antibiotics.
These drugs all cause irreversible brain damage to the highest parts of your brain, taking a third of your life.