Medical History Timeline

  • Period: Oct 6, 1000 to Oct 6, 1300

    The Dark Ages

    During this time of the Dark Ages, the cause of sickness and death was believed to be of sin. Anyone who thought otherwise was punished.
  • Oct 6, 1249

    Spectacles Invented

    Roger Bacon invents spectacles in 1249
  • Period: Oct 6, 1348 to Oct 6, 1350

    The Black Death (Black Plague)

    The Black Death of England killed millions of people in those couple of years. This was caused by unsanitary and dirty conditions.
  • Oct 6, 1543

    Human Anatomy Findings Published

    Vesalius published findings on human anatomy in De Fabrica Corporis Humani in 1543.
  • Microscope Invented

    Zacharius Jannssen invented the microscope in 1590.
  • Invention of the Thermometer

    The thermometer was invented by Galileo Galilei.
  • Circulation Of Blood Explained.

    William Harvey published a book explaining the circulation of blood to and from the heart.
  • Blood Cells Discovered

    Anton van Leeuwenhoek discovered blood cells in 1670.
  • Scurvy Prevented With Citrus Fruits

    James Lind publishes the Treatise of the Scurvy explaining how citrus fruits prevent scurvy.
  • Vaccine For Smallpox Developed.

    Edward Jenner developed a vaccine for smallpox in 1796.
  • The Stethoscope was invented

    The Stethoscope was invented
    Rene Laennec invented the stethoscope in 1816.
  • First Successful Blood Transfusion

    James Blundell performed the first successful blood transfusion in 1818.
  • Invention of Photography

    Photography was invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce
  • Invention of the Typewriter

    The typewriter was invented by Charles Thurber.
  • First Woman To Recieve Medical Degree

    Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to recieve a medical degree in 1849.
  • Pasteurization of Milk Was Begun

    Louis Pasteur began the process of pasteurization of milk to kill bacteria.
  • Invention of the Revolving Machine Gun

    The revolving machine gun was invented by Richard J. Gatling.
  • Patterns of Heredity Established.

    Gregory Mendel established the patterns of heredity in
  • American Red Cross Founded.

    Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881.
  • First Contact Lenses Developed

    F.A. Muller developes the first contact lenses.
  • Invention of Wireless Communication

    Wireless communication was invented by Nikola Tesla.
  • X-Rays Discovered

    William Roentgen discovered x-rays in 1895.
  • Aspirin First Developed

    Felix Hoffman developed aspirin.
  • Blood Classified Into Groups

    Karl Landsteiner first introduced the system to classify blood into A, B, AB, and O groups.
  • Radium Isolated

    Maire Curie isolated radium in 1910.
  • The First Band-Aid Invented

    The First Band-Aid Invented
    Earle Dickson invented the Band-Aid in 1921.
  • Insulin was used to treat diabetes

    Insulin was first used to treat diabetes in 1922.
  • Penicillin Discovered

    Sir Alexander Flemming discovered penicillin in 1928.
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    The Holocaust

    The Holocaust was a terrible and cruel time, but in the concentration camps, there was lots of scientific, genetic, and medical testing of human beings.
  • First Blood Bank

    Bernard Fantus starts the first blood bank in Chicago.
  • Invention of the Ballpoint Pen

    Invention of the Ballpoint Pen
    The ballpoint pen was invented by Laszlo Biro.
  • First Atomic Bomb Dropped

    The United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan on this day, and a second on the 9th. We developed the technology to create these bombs, and then learned what to do when ti dropped and killed hundreds of thousands of people.
  • First Cardiac Pacemaker Invented

    John Hopps invented the first cardiac pacemaker in 1950.
  • CAT-Scans were invented

    CAT-Scans were invented
    Robert S. Ledley invented CAT-Scans in 1975.
  • Genetic Fingerpringting Method Developed

    Genetic Fingerpringting Method Developed
    Alec Jeffreys developed the genetic fingerprinting method in 1984.
  • 9/11

    On 9/11, we learned more about what to do in emergency situations.
  • Iraq War Began

    The Iraq war began on this day, and it taught us a lot about the technology of guns and their effect on the human body, as well as other health defects caused by war.
  • Stem Cell Bill Vetoed

    Stem Cell Bill Vetoed
    Former President George W. Bush vetoes the bill to expand Stem Cell Research on this day.