This quote has been reprinted many times with slight variations on the wording. Edison published in 1903 and I can’t imagine he was one of those guys that was short on words. As always, I thought to myself that there was much more to the quote and this wasnt the only thing that he said on the subject, so I started looking, and here is the full quote:
“Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
They may even discover the germ of old age. I don’t predict it, but it might be by the sacrifice of animal life human life could be prolonged.
Surgery, diet, antiseptics — these three are the vital things of the future in preserving the health of humanity. There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of diseases as now, and all their discoveries are tending to the simple truth — that you can’t improve on nature. – wikiquote
Thomas Alva Edison, “The Wizard of Menlo Park” was an American inventor and businessman whom developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, and is credited with including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Edison is the fourth most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.
* Obviously he was and is one of the smartest people in the history of everything…. and he said this in 1903, over 100 years ago. We should probably listen to him, right?