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When did the concept of medicine come into existence?

When did the concept of medicine come into existence?

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B. Mary

B. Mary

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B. Mary
B. Mary, Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered Oct 08, 2019

Medicine has been around for centuries. Though it may not look like the medicine we are used to today, prehistoric people used the medicine. During their time, they used herbs to cure various conditions. Women of that time would get the herbs and administer it to those in their families that are sick.

Doctors also were around during that time, but they were known as medicine men, for they would get herbs and roots and used them as medicine. The first documented start of medicine comes in 4th century BC with Hippocrates. He is known and regarded as the father of medicine.

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K. Myers

K. Myers

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K. Myers, Blogger, Chicago

Answered Oct 04, 2018

Prehistoric people used medicinal herbs to cure many different ailments. Women gathered and administered herbal remedies, and they treated sickness within their families. The medicine man or shaman existed in prehistoric communities. They gathered plant-based medications, mainly herbs, and roots, as well as casted spells.

The start of modern medicine is said to have been started by "the father of medicine," Hippocrates in the 4th century BC. He was one of the first people who believed illness was a natural process and not caused by mystical means. The first documented drug was actually aspirin, which was derived from the bark of a willow tree.

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