Keeping Your Health In Check: How Medicine Has Advanced In History

Medicine has advanced milestones the past few decades and patients’ lives are better thanks to these advances. It is also easier for medical practitioners to treat patients, diagnose illnesses, and make the lives of the sick more comfortable. Whether it’s new technology, state-of-the-art machines, advanced medicine, or simple histology supplies, there is no doubt that advancements in the field of medicine continue to change the world.ID-100171801

Here are some of the most important medical advances throughout history in no particular order:

Vaccination

Communicable diseases have been a problem. Dr. Edward Jenner, a scientist and English physician first presented the idea of using vaccines in 1796 when he prevented a little boy from contracting the smallpox. He is known as the “father of immunology” and saved plenty of lives during his lifetime. Vaccines were then improved by Louis Pasteur during World War I and World War II to protect soldiers against diseases such as typhus, diphtheria, and tetanus.

Radiologic imaging

Before x-rays and radiologic images were present, physicians relied on physical signs of damage to the body. Wilhelm Conrad R?ntgen discovered x-rays in 1895 and he received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. Thanks to this medical development, doctors can now scan the internal parts of a patient to determine the extent of a disease or an injury.

Anesthesia

Humphry Davy noticed that nitrous oxide has pain-relieving properties when he inhaled it while suffering from a toothache in 1799. That was how the “laughing gas” was born. Years after, other noteworthy figures in the field of medicine used nitrous oxide to relieve pain during surgery and childbirth.

Organ transplants

The first successful organ transplant happened in 1954 when a kidney was transplanted to the donor’s identical twin. After the accomplishment, other organ transplants followed after a few years. The first heart transplant happened in 1968 and the first liver transplant was done in 1967.

Human genome sequencing

Scientists were able to map out a draft of the human genome, which consists of the genes in our DNA. The announcement came in 2003, and with that, researchers are now able to identify the genes that cause specific diseases. In addition, it also helps them to come up with treatments for the diseases.

Minimally invasive surgery

Also known as laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery is becoming a popular technique for operations such as appendectomies, hernia repairs, and gallbladder removals. The technique allows patients to experience less pain, there are smaller surgery scars, and the recovery time is much faster.

These are just some of the important advancements in medicine and there are plenty of others that make our lives easier. The past years, there have been numerous breakthroughs in medicine that make a big impact on plenty of lives. Now, 3D printers, robotics, and other types of technology are being utilized in the field of medicine. With these advancements, there is no doubt that more diseases will be cured and patients with serious medical conditions will have more comfortable lives.

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