I agree, but I disagree with the implied statement that medicine today and different, for the better, than it was then, not in form but in practice. All medicinal practices change and evolve and get better as understandings of bodies, health, disease and medicinal substances change. Living and learning is part of the human experiences.
But the nature of current industrialized medicine is harmful on multiple fronts. It is far from the days of medicine based upon wildcrafting herbs, cleansing saunas, wholesome food and other more traditional cures.
Sure, germ theory and anti-biotics did a ton for a lot of folks since the Civil War, I do not dispute that. But people are still dying regularly from the “guess and check” nature of medicine: pharmaceuticals are taken on and off the market as people die, are injured, or birth defects and so on arise, procedures are used until there is proof they are harmful (and even then, both the procedures and drugs, are still used today).
Plus, add in the reliance on science and its drive to perpetrate itself, and current medicine becomes dangerous because of its lack of contentedness – there is always a newer, bigger, better drug or surgery or whatever, each with its own new set of risks.
It also is so narrow-minded, and hyper-focused in its diagnosis. Modern medicine is not holistic, it looks at a disease (or injury or what-have-you) as isolated from the person, and rarely (if ever) takes into account an individual’s constitution, life circumstances, mental-emotional state, and so on. As such, its cures are often so harmful, because rather than trying to create a health person overall, the medicine works on specific undesirable aspects by constant adding increasingly synthetics substances to the body (modern medicine does not use natural medicine, its extracts, creates in a lab, and packs its all into a pill). It does not seek balance it seeks results on lab tests. This way of looking at health is harmful to the body, and to our perceptions of health and our relationships to our bodies.
Now, add to that the capitalist/colonialist medical-industrial complex that exists to sustain all this (the amount of resourses necessary to sustain PhRMA and its buddies and the AMA and so on).
Tl;dr: People are still dying and being injured from awful medicine today, plus its obsessed to progress (ew...), its cures are synthetic, it does not heal it “cures”, and it requires copious amount of resources.