Healthcare in the United States has progressed from folklore healing practices to far-reaching technological advancements in a little over a century. Traversing through the belief systems of illness as a punishment and quackery cures to scientific medicine was similar around the globe. However, it was not until early in this century that a solid foundation for a scientific framework was established. Education of physicians in Europe, epidemics, wars and the capabilities of surgical intervention served as markers and forums for the current healthcare system in the US.