Medicine is an ever-evolving field that has allowed millions of lives to be improved, lengthened and even saved – all thanks to the myriad discoveries by tireless men and women across the ages.

While we may sometimes take modern medicine for granted due to the enormous improvements that have been made, it is crucial to recall just how far humankind has come in developing treatments that transform lives.

Here are a few major highlights that have shaped the evolution of modern healthcare over the last 600 years.

A brief history of medicine across the centuries

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Sources:
http://www.localhistories.org/medicine.html
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/medicine