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Black Death kills 40% of the population
1543
Vesalius publishes his book on anatomy, proving Galen wrong
1628
Harvey publishes his book, proving that the heart is a pump
1665
Great Plague kills 100,000 in London
1796
Jenner develops the smallpox vaccination
1842
Chadwick publishes his report on the living conditions of the poor
1861
Pasteur publishes his germ theory
1875
Koch proves germ theory by identifying the anthrax bacterium
1911
National Insurance
1928
Fleming discovers penicillin
1948
NHS begins
1953
Structure of DNA discovered by Crick and Watson