History of Health Care

  • Jan 1, 1000

    First school of medicine

    The first school of medicine was established in Salerno, Italy during the 1000s
  • Jan 1, 1200

    Public Hygeine

    The first strict measures for control of public hygiene was instituded during the 1200s
  • Jan 1, 1300

    First dissection

    During the 1300s the first dissections of human corpses were demonstrated.
  • Jan 1, 1400


    During the 1400s, the first regulations of midwives were recorded.
  • Jan 1, 1440

    Social Event!

    Social Event!
    The first Printing Press was invented, this made it possible for people to actually record and write down events throughout history.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1492 to


    Barber-suregeons had their own books on abdominal injuries, anal fistulae, bladder stones, and cataracts, and their treatments involved primarly cauterzing and bloodletting, a means of ridding the body of poisons by opening a vein. Laws against dissecting human corpses also began to relax during the Renaissance.
  • Jan 1, 1500

    Human anatomy

    Human anatomy
    The first scientific study of human anatomy was published during the 1500s.
  • Jan 1, 1500


    During the ancient times, the Chinese created an alternative medicine; acupuncture. This form of alternative medicine is over 5000 years old.
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    Social Event
    A Dutch spectacle maker created the microscope in 1590, this would help the health field by being able to see bacteria, and viruses along with other microscopic things.
  • Discovery of Bacteria

    Discovery of Bacteria
    During the 1600s blood circulation was first described, and bacteria was discovered.
  • Licenses

    First law requiring licensed medical practitioners and obstetrics established as aseparate branch of medicine all occured during the 1700s.
  • Social Event!

    Social Event!
    Benjamin Frankling flies a kite and invents the lightning rod.
  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocals in the 18th century.
  • Social Event!

    The first life insurance policy was issued in the United States.
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    Social Event!
    America was "founded" or declared independent from Britain.
  • Social Event

    Eli Whitney invented the Cotton Gin. Argueably this invention led to the civil war because of the argument over cotton.
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    Social Event!
    The first ambulance was used.
  • Social Event!

    Francois Appert invents the first food preserving jar.
  • Smallpox

    Edward Jenner developed the vaccine for smallpox.
  • Social Event!

    Social Event!
    Alessandro Volta invents the battery.
  • Period: to

    Addiction and Antitoxin

    Federal controls over drug supply didn't begin until 1848, when congress required the U.S. customs Service to stop entry of adulterated drugs from overseas. For the first time medicine was truly capable of curing an infectious disease that threatened the children of every home in the nation.
  • Anesthetics

    The first practical anesthetic was introduced.
  • Pasteurizing

    Louis Pasteur began pasteurizing milk to kill bacteria.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    The beginning of the Civil War.
  • Heredity

    Gregor Mendel established the patterns of heredity, by using the pea plant.
  • Social Event

    Social Event
    Alexandar Graham Bell was credited with the invention of the telephone, which made communication more simple and fast than the telegraph.
  • Germs

    The germ theory was introduced. The germ theory is a proposal that microorganisms are the cause of many diseases. This proposal came from Louis Pasteur a French microbiologist.
  • RedCross

    Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
  • Rabies

    The rabies vaccination was discovered. And rabies is a deadly viral infection that is mostly spread through infected animals.
  • X-rays

    William Roentgen discovered x-rays.
  • Blood Type

    Blood Type
    During the 1900s the four major blood types were discovered: O, A, B, and AB.
  • Radium

    Marie curie isolated radium, she then later died of radiology.
  • Antiobiotics

    The first antibiotic drug, penicillin was discovered
  • Penicillin

    Sir Alexandar Flemming discovered penicillin in 1928
  • Polio

    The first successful polio vaccine was discovered.
  • Polio

    The polio vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk
  • Birth Control

    Birth Control
    Birth control pill was introduced
  • Transplant

    The first successful heart transplant occured in 1967.
  • Testtube

    The first test-tube baby was born in 1978
  • AIDS

    AIDS was first recognized by the Centeres for Disease Control and Prevention (however the first AIDS-like cases were recorded more than a century earlier.)
  • Social Event!

    Social Event!
    A huge poison gas leak occured in Bhopal, India. Considered one of the worst industrial accidents in history, left thousands dead from poison.
  • Social Event!

    Social Event!
    In 850 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty the Chinese had finally successfully invented gunpowder.