Yes,indeed! The old time witches and Alchemists,were the experimenters of today's Medical Researchers and Scientists.
It's the words, that over the years, have been condemned by various "Churches"; such words as "witch" and witchcraft. And the meaning of the words has changed.Most people now would associate witchcraft with Wicca, when it really isn't! I am one of the few witches left of the "old school", and we rarely,if ever, cast spells.
The old fashioned witch was a "seeker of knowledge". That applies now as it always did.
All words change over the centuries,but if you think the word "healer" means the same as "doctor", you will realise that the first doctors were witches!