Adam Blatner

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History of Medicine: Now Playing

Originally posted on June 27, 2013

Thinking about my medical school class reunion, I flash on the branching of the Great Story, the history of the cosmos ,  out of which come the history of the evolution of humanity, and with it,
– the history of consciousness evolution, which branches in many directions, such as the history of various endeavors, farming, travel, communications, writing, trade, medicine…
– so, following the history of medicine into the 19th century, the founding of the University of California medical school (my alma mater), and thinking forward:
– the history of UC San Francisco School of Medicine late 19th early -mid 20th century, and then,
– the history of medicine in the last 50 years as lived through and by our classmates:
– What new trend did we help move forward?
– What follies did we perpetuate for a while, then realized, oh, my, we don’t do that any more!?
– What other modern trends have we battled against as folly?
And I wonder, from the perspective of the future, how they might think, looking back, how we were oh so mistaken about this; and how we were more right than we knew about that?

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