They say that Hippocrates was the "Father of Medicine" and physicians today are to live by the Hippocratic Oath. Today most physicians probably couldn't even recite the first paragraph. So here is the Modern Version's first two. I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
The evolution of medicine fascinates us all. We have come a long way or have we?
Fighting New Diseases by Giving Them Blander Labels
Old habits of identifying diseases should be forsworn, the health organization urges. No longer should disease names refer to specific doctors (as in Hansen’s disease, Whipple’s disease, Bell’s palsy) or specific patients (like the members of the American Legion who fell victim to that first giant outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in 1976).
When Disease Names Honor the Infamous
The field of medicine is littered with eponyms that celebrate physicians who first described syndromes, signs, surgical procedures and anatomic structures. Though we use these eponyms every day, we rarely take the time to consider the lives of the people behind the names.
A Short History of Medical Careers
Today's health care professionals work hard to promote hygiene, prevent and detect disease, cure patients, and when that is impossible, reduce their suffering. Still, it is worthwhile to remember that the modern practice of medicine has not always been with us but was developed over thousands of years. We think that you might enjoy a quick summary of its development and hope that you find our short history of western medicine interesting.
American Association for the History of Medicine
The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM), founded in 1925, is a professional association of historians, physicians, nurses, archivists, curators, librarians, and others. The AAHM promotes and encourages research, study, writing, and interest in the history of medicine and allied fields.
Australian Medical Pioneers Index
Welcome to the Australian Medical Pioneers Index (AMPI), a database of over 3,000 pioneer doctors, from the 1700s through to 1875. The site covers Australian medical history, with a database of medical pioneers and educational background material.
Welcome to badmedicine.co.uk, the website associated with a new book by Professor David Wootton, published in June 2006 by Oxford University Press and in paperback from November 2007. The author writes of medical practices that, in some ways, survived unscathed from Hippocrates through to the 19th century. A good example was bloodletting.
British Society for the History of ENT
The origins of the British Society for the History of ENT can be dated back to 1981, when the first meeting of the British section of the European Society for the Study of History of Otorhinolaryngology was held at the Birmingham and Midland Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. Full membership of the society is extended to all ear, nose and throat consultants and trainees, as well as other members of the medical profession with an interest in the history of otolaryngology.
British Society for the History of Radiology
This organisation was formed in January 2006, replacing the Radiology History and Heritage Charitable Trust. We hope to put different historical articles and items of interest on the site each month. We will also look at items and articles you wish to send in with a view to either publishing them in our journal or posting them on the site.
Brought to Life
Welcome to the Science Museum's History of Medicine website, the ultimate resource for educators and students. With thousands of interesting and intriguing objects you're bound to find something to excite, entertain and educate.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
The leading journal in its field for more than three quarters of a century, the Bulletin is the official publication of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine. Each issue spans the social, cultural, and scientific aspects of the history of medicine worldwide and includes reviews of recent books on medical history.
Center for the History of Medicine
The Center for the History of Medicine continues to work hard at making its collections and exhibits available online in OnView, scanning hundreds of items from the Center’s rich collection to recreate the full visual experience of physical exhibits.
Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics
Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics is a digital library collection that brings a unique set of resources from Harvard’s libraries to Internet users everywhere. Offering valuable insights to students of the history of medicine and to researchers seeking an historical context for current epidemiology, the collection contributes to the understanding of the global, social—history...
Controversies and medicine
We usually imagine medical science and doctors never doing anything except making revolutionary discoveries and saving lives. Is this realistic or a rose-tinted view? History shows medicine and doctors can ‘go bad’ spectacularly. Some medical controversies were accidents, but many have resulted from deliberate actions. Sometimes doctors believed the greater good (as they saw it) was more important than ethical behaviour. Many of these incidents were not problematic at the time, and only became controversial when society’s values and opinions changed.
Health Sciences Library System
Research Resources. Medical Humanities Dissertations Â· Databases for the Medical Humanities Â· History of Medicine Web Sites Â· Videos of History of Medicine ...from the University of Pittsburg.
History Learning Site
Chris Trueman BA (Hons), MA set up www.historylearningsite.co.uk in 2000 as he felt there was no easily accessible and comprehensive website on World History on the web. The site has grown in popularity and is now viewed by hundreds of thousands of people each month from around the world.
History of Medicine Collections
The Duke University History of Medicine Collections acquire, preserve, interpret, and make available for research and instruction, materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in the global context of the Western medical tradition
History of Medicine On-Line
Context. Perspective. The media, writers, technologists, and every facet of modern medicine bandy about these words. Yet, context and perspective is exactly what the new History of Medicine section is all about. Through the pages of History of Medicine On-Line the history of medicine will be told such that it provides context and perspective on the current and future state of medicine.
Journal of Ancient Diseases & Preventive Remedies
Here you can find about Ancient Diseases and their increasing role in the diagnosis, characterization, therapy of various marked diseases and in other crucial fields of Medical Science. To promote international dialogue and collaboration on health issues; to improve clinical practice; and to expand and deepen the understanding of health and health care.
MedHist is a free catalogue of evaluated, high quality Internet resources and websites relating to the history of medicine and allied sciences, covering all aspects of the history of health and development of medical knowledge. MedHist is updated regularly and has an intended audience of students and staff working within the further and higher education sectors, although it will also appeal to anyone with a general interest in the subject area.
Medical History is a refereed journal devoted to all aspects of the history of medicine, health and related sciences, with the goal of broadening and deepening the understanding of the field, in the widest sense, by historical studies of the highest quality. It is associated with the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, the Asian Society for the History of Medicine, and the World Health Organization's Global Health Histories initiative.
Medical Museums Association
The Medical Museums Association was created to promote longterm contacts among individuals, institutions, and organizations involved in collecting historical artifacts and objects of interest to the health sciences.
Medicine in Ancient Egypt
Historically, many Egyptologists focused primarily on the very visible aspects of ancient Egyptian society, such as the pyramids, much to the bain of those interested in more than just monumental architecture. From the beginning of the scholarly study of Egypt's past there have been few scholars who recognized the importance of the process of disease and health on a population.
Medicine of Madison Avenue
This website explores the complex relationships between modern medicine and modern advertising, or "Madison Avenue," as the latter is colloquially termed. The Medicine and Madison Avenue Project presents images and database information for approximately 600 health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines.
The Museo Galileo is one of the foremost international institutions in the History of Science, combining a noted museum of scientific instruments and an institute dedicated to the research, documentation and dissemination of the history of science in the broadest senses.
Nursing History Review
Nursing History Review is the only scholarly annual of new peer review research on the history of nursing and health care. It publishes significant scholarly work in all aspects of nursing history as well as short and extended reviews of recent books.
Social History of Medicine
Social History of Medicine is concerned with all aspects of health, illness, and medical treatment in the past. It is committed to publishing work on the social history of medicine from a variety of disciplines.
Welcome to the Asclepion, a World Wide Web page devoted to the study of ancient medicine. This page was designed to be an internet source that presents the study of ancient medicine in a manner that is both accessible and useful to the general public and to students in the history of medicine courses at Indiana University Bloomington.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine houses one of the world's largest history of medicine collections. We collect, preserve, and make available to researchers and the public, print and non-print materials that document the history of medicine, health, and disease in all time periods and cultures.
UCL Centre for the History of Medicine
The UCL Centre for the History of Medicine remains committed to research in and to the dissemination of the history of medicine, both as an academic discipline and as a subject of broader public interest.
We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history. We also offer a growing collection of material relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.