Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Busy Watching Kung Fu Movies

From an article in the New York Times by Tara Parker- Pope

"A few years ago the World Health Organization published this anonymous bit of doggerel titled"

“The History of Medicine.”

  • 2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.
  • A.D. 1000 – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
  • A.D. 1850 – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
  • A.D. 1920 – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
  • A.D. 1945 – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this penicillin.
  • A.D. 1955 – Oops . . . bugs mutated. Here, take this tetracycline.
  • 1960-1999 – 39 more “oops.” Here, take this more powerful antibiotic.
  • A.D. 2000 – The bugs have won! Here, eat this root.


mdmhvonpa said...

I'm waiting for the phase where we find that the bugs are our friends and we make peace with them.

Taxingwoman said...

Hmmm I don't know mdmhvonpa

Wouldn't being friends mean death ?