Life and death

The enquiring mind and inventive genius of Man has made a significant contribution to the fact that, particularly since the beginning of industrialisation, the life of humans has become significantly longer, and that death has, in many areas, lost the terror it once held. The number of people on the planet has multiplied by a thousand during this time.

  • Hygiene, the water closet, Sumer, 4th millennium B.C., Rome at about the time Christ was born
  • Spectacles, late 13th century A.D., Venice
  • The vaccination, Edward Jenner, 1796
  • Anaesthetics, 1831
  • The X-ray, Wilhelm C. Röntgen, 1895
  • The condom, 1912
  • Antibiotics, Alexander Fleming, 1928
  • The contraceptive pill, G.D. Searle, 1959
  • The disposable nappy, Marion Donovan, early 1950s 
  • The DNA test, American chemist Kary Mullis 1993 Nobel Prize
Leben und Tod

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