History of Medicine

By jtanke
  • Sep 6, 1249


    Roger Bacon invents spectacles
  • Nov 16, 1489

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci dissects corpses
  • Microscope

    Zacharius Jannssen invents the microscope
  • Blood Cells

    Anton van Leeuwenhoek discovers blood cells
  • Bacteria

    Anton van Leeuwenhoek observes bacteria
  • Vaccination for smallpox

    Edward Jenner develops the process of vaccination for smallpox, the first vaccine for any disease
  • Stethoscope

    Rene Laennec invents the stethoscope
  • Transfusion

    James Blundell performs the first successful transfusion of human blood
  • Nitrous Oxide

    Dr. Horace Wells uses nitrous oxide as an anesthetic
  • Elizabeth Blackwell

    Elizabeth Blackwell is the first woman to gain a medical degree from Geneva Medical College in New York
  • Charles and Alexander

    Charles Gabriel Pravaz and Alexander Wood develop the syringe
  • Louis Pasteur

    Louis Pasteur identifies germs as cause of disease
  • X-Rays

    Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovers X rays
  • Aspirin

    Felix Hoffman develops aspirin
  • Blood Groups

    Karl Landsteiner introduces the system to classify blood into A, B, AB, and O groups
  • Insulin

    Insulin first used to treat diabetes.
  • pneumonia

    First vaccine developed for pneumonia.
  • HIV

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is identified
  • Dolly the Sheep

    Dolly the sheep becomes the first clone
  • Cancer

    First vaccine to target a cause of cancer