History of Medicine

  • Jan 1, 1489


    Leonardo da Vinci dissects corpses.
  • Microscope

    Zacharius Jannssen invents the microscope.
  • Blood Transfusions

    Sir Christopher Wren experiments with canine blood transfusions.
  • Blood Cells

    Anton van Leeuwenhoek discovers blood cells.
  • Scurvy

    James Lind publishes his Treatise of the Scurvy stating that citrus fruits prevent scurvy.
  • Appendectomy

    Claudius Aymand performs the first successful appendectomy.
  • Nitrous Oxide

    Sir Humphry Davy discovers the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide
  • Stethoscope

    Rene Laennec invents the stethoscope
  • Women in Medicine

    Elizabeth Blackwell is the first woman to gain a medical degree from Geneva Medical College in New York.
  • Syringe

    Charles Gabriel Pravaz and Alexander Wood develop the syringe.