Laurel L. Russwurm's Free Culture Blog

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A Short History of Medicine

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facebook logoI first read this in a Facebook comment made by a friend of a friend (thanks Rusty), so I googled it to see who wrote it and did in fact find it online, but no place to contact anyone about provenance.   One of the big problems with copyright is trying to find who if anyone has the rights. Failing that we can allow fear of reprisal to prevent us from sharing, and wonderful words, music and art may well wind up lost forever.)

So although I’m not sure who wrote it or where to credit, I’m going to be wild and crazy and assume public domain unless or until someone tells me otherwise, at which point I would take it down. For your reading pleasure I present:

A Short History of Medicine

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 doesn’t work anymore. Here eat this root. . . .

reprinted from Cave of the Word Witch

purple wild flowers that may or may not be a variety of foxglove

Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

August 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

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  1. Big smile! Nice post. Liked your comment Morten!

    Shane Murray

    August 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

  2. For the political consumer, it might be a temptation to substitute the last line with “Sorry, that drug is patented. Here, chew on this root”…


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