I found this excellent chart courtesy of BoingBoing.net. Originally featured in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, the chart demonstrates just how far medicine has come in the last 100 years. Not only are far fewer people dying per capital of disease, but so many afflictions, diseases and disorders have been cured. This is an amazing recent record of achievement, discovery and improvements in technology and human knowledge. As medicine has taken this quantum leap, medical office personnel – certified nursing assistants and medical assistants have been an instrumental part of the process. Its interesting to think what the roles, functions and duties of CNAs and medical assistants may have looked like 100 years ago. Or what nursing assistant training programs may have consisted of? Likely, the difference would be about as dramatic as the difference in this chart.