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Journal of Integrative Medicine: 2019   Online First
Medicine has always been “Modern” and “Scientific” from ancient times to the present day
Mikhail Teppone (Bionion Sdn Bhd, Jalan Sungal Jeluh, Shah Alam 40460, Selangor, Malaysia E-mail: mikhail.teppone@gmail.com)

ABSTRACT

Throughout human history, doctors and healers have gathered and refined the knowledge inherited from the previous generations. Different methods of effective therapy have been designed during various historical periods; when each was developed, it was considered “modern scientific medicine” for their time. Mankind has gone through natural and social disasters and survived; hence, history has proved there was no time when medical knowledge was erroneous or ineffective. Classic medicine has grown to be divided into narrow, specialized branches, causing it to lose its holistic approach and general view on health, sickness and therapeutic methods. Many of traditional medicine’s effective methods have been forgotten and removed from the mainstream medicine. It would be good for modern medical education to incorporate the general knowledge of historically effective therapeutic modalities and study practical cases. Medical students should be taught how to choose a “good method” or “good medicine” independent of when that method or remedy was discovered. However, he has to keep in mind the primary goal of medicine: “I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment...”(from Hippocratic Oath).

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