With what we are seeing in current history with COVID 19 – there is a reason why Christ did not like medicine that would harm your body.
Modern medicine, or what we think of as the medical science of today, began emerging in the 18th century, following the industrial revolution. The history of medicine shows how societies changed their approaches to disease and sickness, from the earliest times until today. The development of medicine in Ancient Greece marks a major turning point in medical history, because ancient Greeks eschewed much of the magic of their predecessors, instead seeking to explain the natural world using more evidence. Magic, spells, and witch doctors also played roles in magic in the earliest days of medicine.
Leviticus 20:6 – And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
The earliest physicians, or medicine men, were witch doctors. It has become increasingly accepted to observe that the first modern doctors lived in the middle of an innumerable variety of practitioners, ranging from occasional ancillary practitioners, part-time, conventional healers, and people who lived off the money economy, selling their medicines and services–and the latter took the form of traveling empirists, as well as members of guild bodies like the druggists and surgeons. Medicine was quite rudimentary for the early generations of colonists landing in the New World, in large part because few high-class physicians had immigrated to the colonies.
In the early 1800s, when people needed medicines, they went to the local drugstore, where the chemists mixed a medicinal concoction made of plants and minerals collected by hand.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 – Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
In the 19th century, Western medicine was introduced locally by Christian medical missionaries of the London Missionary Society (Britain), Methodist Church (Britain), and Presbyterian Church (U.S.). During the 19th century, economic and industrial growth continued to increase, and many scientific discoveries and inventions were made. Public health advances were important in this time as well, including some of the earliest sewer systems.
As the nation tried to recover from the third war in 40 years, medicine was moving ahead. The practice of medicine was changing, facing rapidly developing scientific knowledge and new approaches by physicians. This growing mistrust in conventional medicine was a factor in driving one of the most revolutionary periods for medical inventions during the nineteenth century, as well as in the development of modern medicine as a whole.
For much of the 20th century, scholars of medicine and academic history of science have agreed that developments in scientific concepts in early modern Europe affected medicine, not vice versa. For example, A. Rupert Hall, a leading post-World War II historian of the Scientific Revolution, thought that medicine and natural history were carried out by people who practiced medicine according to an anti-scientific approach of empiricism and trial and error. Some proponents came from demography, sociology, and social medicine, among other fields, and a few were also historians of science.9 Spurred on by new social histories at the time, two collections of essays on American medicine asserted that changes in medicine were an outgrowth of social, not intellectual, changes.
1 Samuel 15:23 – For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Islamic civilization rose to preeminence in medical sciences, as its physicians contributed greatly to medical fields including anatomy, ophthalmology, pharmacology, pharmacy, physiology, and surgery. The ancient Chinese also published medical texts, some of which are venerated today, such as Huangdi Neijing, a major text of internal medicine. We do know that there were physicians in ancient Egypt (from about 3,000 BCE), and within that setting, Imhotep the physician (about 2,600 BCE) produced written works chronicling more than 200 different medical conditions.
Ancient Greece also gave us another major doctor, Hippocrates, the man who originated the Hippocratic Oath of Medicine, and the man generally considered to be the father of modern, particularly Western, medicine. The theory of humor, which stems from ancient works on medicine, was dominant in Western medicine up to the nineteenth century, attributed to Galen of Pergamum. Humorism (humoralism) as a system of medicine predates Greek medicine in the fifth century, with Hippocrates and his students codifying a view in which disease could be explained by an imbalance in blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile.
The 19th century was the era of the first uses of anaesthetics, of germ theory of disease, the first vaccines, and the first woman awarded the doctorate. Ancient Rome continued a grand Greek tradition, including learning medicine. Magic and religion played an important role in the medicine of prehistoric or early human societies. Apart from treating injuries and breaking bones, the folklore of medicine is perhaps the oldest aspect of healing, as early physicians showed their wisdom in treating the whole human being, soul as well as body.
In the Middle Ages, a practice in medicine that is hardly recognisable today was widespread. Of course, with those great leaps forward in medicine came added costs–a story of health care history still playing out.
This interconnectedness, as well as a move away from infectious diseases toward more chronic conditions, has brought with it new questions of health care quality and government, which impact all. Knowing medications might not work as expected has led to distrust of healthcare systems, and people skipping potentially lifesaving treatments.
Daniel 2:27 – Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
Our mission is to make sure the history of medicine and public health can inform healthcare, health sciences, and the societies they are embedded in. The second term examines themes and developments in medical history, from the plague, infectious diseases, and public health; to anatomy and Renaissance medicine; and developments in the development of specialties within medicine. The Florentine Codex, the sixteenth-century ethnographic survey conducted in Mesoamerica by Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun, is an important contribution to the history of Nahua medicine. Unwritten history is not easily explained, and while much can be learned by studying early humans drawings, bone remains, and surgical tools, reconstructing their mental attitudes toward disease and death is elusive.
They created a clearly defined, clearly described list of the most widely understood medicines and treatments at that time, which could be used by physicians, midwives, and other health professionals throughout the Americas, in order to uniformly prepare medicines, and in order to assert independence from Great Britain.
Isaiah 19:3 – And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.