medicine in history

Today is a good day to remember Dr. Joseph “Joe” Medicine Crow. Dr Crow was as American as heroes come. He was the last Warchief of the Crow Tribe having completed all 4 necessary acts of bravery. During the Second World War he disarmed an enemy without killing him, captured an enemy, led a successful war party and, needing only one more to complete the set he stole nazi officers’ horses. He’s said to have ridden the 50 horses out of the camp wearing his feathers and singing his war song and so surprised the soldiers that nobody knew what to do. 

He went into battle with his eagle feathers and face painted and came home to receive a masters degree and honorary doctorate. He studied the history of The Crow Nation and was the last person to talk to someone who had been at Little Bighorn/greasy grass. He founded health and education centers for his tribe and fought for the preservation of the Grizzly bear’s habit, he called the bears his brothers. As befits a man who distinguished himself in every aspect of his life, Dr. Medicine Crow received the medal of freedom from president Obama. He passed away a year ago today.

We should all count more coup on fascists and learn more Native history and generally try to be more like Dr. Medicine Crow #native #history #nodapl


A curious herbal containing five hundred cuts, of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick engraved on folio copper plates, 

By Blackwell, Elizabeth,
John Nourse.
Samuel Harding.
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London : Printed for Samuel Harding, 1737-1739.
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Aliens finding out about medieval medicine stuff

This is my second addition to this topic, which I find really really cool, and I could just go along read these all day! I saw a post about a bacteria escaping earth and endangering a planet, then humans just coming with a virus and eradicating the bacteria… This gave me an idea, about aliens finding out what we did in our pre-industrial era to ourselves, 

Ka’ziel looked through the observation deck of the ship, watching the blue-green planet coming closer and closer. Earth. The place where basically the most deadly things evolved in the entire universe… And he was going there, with 10 other historians to learn more about humans, the nearly unkillable race in the entire universe. Thankfully the ship weren’t headed for Earth, they were only going to Earth’s moon, which the humans called just “Moon”…

Apparently humans had 5 big era in their history: Pre-Historic Era,  Ancient Era, Medieval Era, Modern Era, and now, Space Era. Pre-Historic is basically the Era before any written language, Ancient Era is the growing early human cities and the fall of the first empires, Medieval Era is where the humans really started their technological advance, Modern Era is the post-industrialization, and Space Era is today. We learned so much about their early times! But the most interesting lesson will be on today, my specialization: Medicine history! Human Peter, a human medieval historian invited me to a personal lesson about it. 

Human Peter: So in the Medieval Era we believed in a lot of stuff, and they were insanely religious… sooo there was a stop in technological and medical advancement for like 7-800 years or more so. But Medieval science was amazing too, Im sure you heard about the stories of us discovering surgery before anesthetics…

Ka’Ziel: WAIT IS THAT TRUE? I thought that was just a myth like the one about humans sprinkling poison in their eyes just to make them prettier by that ages beauty standards…

Human Peter: well… both of them are true… 

Ka’Ziel just watched as Human Peter sent him a chemical formula describing a Tropane alkaloid  which was so deadly even thinking about making contact with it was enough to leave Ka’Ziels three 25 inch long back-spikes shivering… 

Ka’Ziel: You did this to yourselves? TO MATCH BEAUTY STANDARDS?

Human Peter: Yea we made some strange stuff in the Medieval age…

Ka’Ziel: and what about the myth with humans cutting their veins to heal themselves?

Human Peter: also true, it was because of a superstition of the veins containing demons and stuff…

Ka’Ziel: but in your veins are your main body fluid “blood” right? So isn’t cutting them open cause you to DIE?

Human Peter: well if we don’t do something about it for an hour or so then yes…

Ka’Ziel couldn’t handle this much of information in such a short period of time, so he asked for the lesson to continue later. Human Peter allowed this, but when Ka’Ziel was just leaving the room he said after him: Wait ‘till you hear about Laringotomy!

Dentist William T.G. Morton was the first to use sulfuric ether as an anesthetic, but he’d learned about this property at the chemistry lectures of Charles T. Jackson. Which of them deserved a monument? Oliver Wendell Holmes suggested setting up statues of both men on the same pedestal, with the inscription: To E(i)ther