The New Medical and Old Medical
While in the modern world, there are several alternatives and solutions in the event that an individual becomes sick, in the past, it was virtually impossible to gain such access to advanced medical solutions. Therefore, many people had to device their own means of treating themselves of common sickness. While some of these medical recommendations were unorthodox and complex, they were similarly effective and easy to administer. The revolution in medical solutions changed people’s preference from simple and homemade solutions to modern medicine. This essay compares the medical options and developments in the historical era and in the modern world with a focus on the old methods of medical administration (Aggarwal et al 34).
In the past, conventional medicines and treatments were rarely used to treat common illnesses such as stomachache, influenza and migraines. The cornerstone of most health regimes was based on herbal solutions. Some of the common treatments applied the healing powers of ordinary herbs and vegetables such as onions, beetroots, ginger, Aloe Vera and garlic. The common cold is one of the illnesses whose treatment has greatly changed over the years. Currently, numerous drugs can cure a common cold such as Fendol and Syrupis. These drugs can be consumed by patients across the age brackets with rapid results. To that extent, modern medicine is faster, more effective and safer than older medical approaches.
Historically, people used different techniques to treat common colds. These treatments were largely unconventional mainly because of the limited knowledge into medicine, pathogens and the human physical functioning. The most common ingredients used in flu remedies included orange juice, lemons, poultice and ginger (Han, Henry, Glenn & Nancy 18). Past medical practitioners claimed that the orange contained vitamin C that was responsible for killing pathogens and protecting the body (Han et al. 25). The poultice would be necessary for soothing patients with fevers. In the past, the old medicine techniques were deemed as highly effective because of the little knowledge and information on the causes of common colds and how to best treat them. The lack of advanced science and innovation forced many people to resort to ingenious ways of developing effective medicine. However, currently the modern medicine has proved to be far more effective and less cumbersome to administer (Oxlade 51).
In the contemporary world, several medical alternatives have undergone rigorous medical tests to ensure their safety for human consumption before they are released to the public. Every tear, scientists come up with new medical breakthroughs that are increasingly becoming more effective and fast in addressing common colds and other sicknesses (Lo 45). At the macro level, the government and other stakeholders in the medical field have invested a lot of funds and resources to develop and distribute modern medicine and ensure the preservation of global health (French 23). Within institutions of learning, constant review and updating of medical curricula occurs to ensure that medical students receive the latest information on illnesses and their cures. There is also an increased focus on ensuring that only qualified medical officers are permitted to distribute medicine and conduct diagnoses on patients (Oxlade 56). In this way, the society can get rid of counterfeit doctors or ‘quacks’ who may administer wrong medical recommendations.
In my opinion, modern medicine is preferable to the old methods of treatment. People should fully embrace these contemporary techniques for treating common colds and other regular sicknesses. This is because they have been passed through intensive safety tests to ensure that they are fit for human consumption (French 29). Furthermore, they are quicker and more effective in treating these common diseases. Lastly, I would recommend modern medicines over historical medicines because in modern medical settings, the treatment is administered based on a diagnosis done by a professional doctor. This means that the drug issued will treat the correct condition instead of treating a wide range of illnesses.
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