The Evolution Of Medicine During The Early Nineteenth Century

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The Evolution of Medicine From the early nineteenth century until modern day, the practice of medicine has evolved from a state of health quackery into a field noted for its dynamic attitudes, scientific prowess, and true progressiveness. History affected the course of medical practice in an influential and prospering way. Conversely, the improvements of medicine have also had an effect on certain historical events. The cycle of medicine building the future and the future building how people treat medicine, has been a key descriptor in the twenty-first century, but finds its base in many Victorian era practices. Beyond the evolution of the various medical technologies that people take for granted today, there has also been a change in the ethics and morals embodied by today’s doctors—from Hippocrates and the symbolism behind the caduceus (the universal symbol for healthcare, a snake wrapped around a staff) to the more controversial works of today (Dr. Kevorkian or the studies into fetal stem cells). Regardless of which aspect of medicine, studied, there is a general trend towards a longer, more prosperous life, minimal intrusion by hospitals, and a pain free existence; together these characteristics seem to coalesce into the cornerstone of all medicine. Starting in the nineteenth century, the practice of medicine grew to tremendous heights. This time was well known as the Victorian Era, which stretched from 1837 until 1901, named after Queen Victoria. The Victorian Era
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