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"Medicine has only been a real science for less than 100 years, and we've already seen complete cures for some diseases and good progress for others."

Thats a bit unfair. Scientists have been painfully working to advance the field of medicine for centuries.

Unless you have a very loose sense of the word scientist, that's very much untrue.


I think "real science" refers to reproducibly, experimentally driven science.

Arab scientists were performing reproducible and successful removal of cataracts 800 years ago. Surely thats 'real medicine'.

Doctors have been working to advance the field for centuries certainly but for pretty much all of them science by any reasonable definition wasn't involved in the process.

Evidence-based medicine (what else would it be based on?) is actually a thing and an uncomfortably recent one at that.

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