In the early 20th century Ernest Codman set in motion a chain of events that transformed 2000 years of medicine . Codman’s simple idea keep records of ailments treatments and outcomes . Initially the hospitals hated it the doctors hated it and Codman for suggesting it . Blind trials cared only about the patients wellbeing .Reputation, social standing , technical skills qualifications and bed side manner counted for nothing . For a while Codman was public enemy no 1 an existential threat to everybody who was anybody in the medical profession . Today Codman is seen as the father of modern medicine .