Introduction And Early Days ( 1590 )

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Introduction and Early Days (1590 – 1950)
Since modern man took his first steps out of the caves and began the long and arduous process of forming a society, health and wellness of the community has been a constant concern. From the earliest witch doctors and shamans, all the way to our present day surgeons and general medical practitioners, humans have sought the care of those who claim to hold healing elixirs, remedies, medicines, and cures for whatever ails us. During mankind’s earliest days, many of those practices and potions were passed down via the oral tradition; telling a student or family member what to do, how to do it, and when. This practice worked well enough and lasted until humans worked out how to put ink to paper and began maintaining a written record around the practice of healing. Yet, in most cases, these early incarnations of written medical issues revolved more on the processes of healing and less on those afflicted and cured by them. In focusing more on the illnesses and less on the patient’s histories, medically speaking, the healers were guilty of missing the forest for the trees. It wasn’t until the late 17th century that medical practitioners recognized the value of understanding and tracking the health of each individual patient from birth to death so that data (medical and personal) could be studied, understood, and leveraged in the event said individual needed medical care.
In the early days of medicine, surgeons, physicians, and various

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