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An Introduction to Functional Medicine

910 - Persian physician, Rhazes, first describes smallpox vs. measles

1683 - Anton van Leeuwenhoek observes bacteria

1816 - First stethoscope invented

1899 - Felix Hoffman develops aspirin

1921 - Discovery of insulin

1928 - Sir Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

1942 - First paper published on use of medical ultrasound

1953 - Discover of DNA molecular structure

1972 - Invention of CT imaging

1983 - HIV discovered as virus causing AIDS

1990 - Human genome project starts

2003 - Human genome project completed

2019 - A worldwide pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus begins

Medicine is ever evolving. It can be hard to remember at times, but the medicine we practice is not, nor should it be, the same type of medicine we practiced a year ago, 5 years ago, or 10 years ago.

With every new discover, we must adapt our approach to incorporate the new knowledge. It was from this belief that the Institute for Functional Medicine was born.


“Advancing Functional Medicine For 25 Years.” The Institute for Functional Medicine,

Hajar R. History of medicine timeline.Heart Views. 2015;16(1):43-45. doi:10.4103/1995-705x.153008

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