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Medicine through time

by Pham Phuong


Medicine is the science and practice of caring for a patient, managing the diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, treatment, palliation of their injury or disease, and promoting their health. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.
1.    Spiritism Medicine Stage
Spiritism Medicine is a healing phenomenon based on mystical powers. During this period, it was believed that sickness belonged to the gods. When a sick person relies on a "witch doctor" prays to the gods to cure the disease.
The history in this passage is poorly documented, ambiguous. His learning during this period is posterior development and isolation. Not much information exchange, no medical school.

Today, in the world, there are still many places where this stage of medicine exists, including Vietnam.
1.    Empiric Medicine
This is the period when brilliantly intelligent doctors in scattered parts of the world accumulate their own experiences, put those experiences into medical examination and treatment, and make the treatment more effective. They observe, gain experience, and heal on the basis of personal or passed down experience. This period flourished in the China - India region.

+ Ancient Egyptian medicine: During this period, Egyptian medicine was organized into specialties according to body parts such as: Ophthalmology, traumatology, embalming ... and made significant progress.