Healthcare, as we know it today, has not always been the case. Secondly in the modern age, there are more diseases than our ancestors had to cope with in the past. With such a dramatic rise in the number and variety of diseases, it had become evident that technological innovation would help us advance healthcare methods.
Let's step into our imaginary time machine and go back into the extreme past of one of the earliest civilisations- Ancient Egypt. In Ancient Egypt, the diagnosis and treatment of as many as 200 diseases were recognised. That was one of the first big steps that we know, now let's step a bit forward into the Greek civilization, where for the very first time, medicine was studied systematically along with the case of prescriptions, by the Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates.
The explorations of the earliest civilisations led to the field of official study of science rather than just natural philosophy. In the 20th century, medicine turned into a prominent profession. Moreover, natural materials derived from herbs and plants have long been used as forms of ancient medicine were being used on the basis of human experience, up until the 16th century when iatrochemistry was founded. Advancement in technology and chemical formulae led to more tablets and medicines to be created. Undoubtedly, the invention of the microscope in 1590 had a lot to do with innovations in healthcare and medicine, as it opened up a new world for scientists to explore bacteria and its other microscopic fellows.
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Coming back to our modern world, the most spectacular case of innovation in healthcare is 3D printing, via which bone transplants became possible. Thanks to the evolution of computers and other devices, so many forms of vaccines and therapies are also available to us now. Have a look at the infographic below for a handy timeline of the technological revolution in medicine and healthcare.
Infographic by: SafeTeamGuardian