Early humans didn't know much about how our bodies worked. We had to come up with clever ways to treat illnesses and injuries, often with rituals and herbal remedies.
Over the past 10,000 years, we've gone on a tear. As we've learned more about science, the world around us, and our own minds, we've invented tools, machines, and techniques that help us stay healthy and fix things that go wrong inside and out of our bodies. Soon enough, we'll be dictating how long we want to live.
Here's our evolving list of top healthcare innovations over time, from the stone surgical knife to genetic “scissors.”
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