Western medicine, also called allopathic medicine, has a dark history. Actually, I think it still remains in darkness in a lot of areas including so-called mental health, maternity care, vaccines, preventive medicine, minor illness treatment and others. Western medicine really shines in trauma care and some serious illness (not including cancer, heart disease or diabetes). I hope that someday we will look back on it as the religion that it really is and stop associating it with science.
Here is an interesting article on the history of mental hospitals and maternity hospitals. Read it and weep.
The Maternity Hospital and the Mental Hospital by Thomas S. Szasz
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