Life is invaluable and the best gift of nature to any human being on this planet. However, these lives were being lost in an untimely manner in absence of proper health care and treatment procedures.
Technology has been making advances in all fields related to human life, be it sports, movies, politics and even the weirdest ones which you cannot imagine. However, one of the pets field of the technological advances has been healthcare, which has been kind of pioneer in this field.
The main objective of technology is to make human life easier, and so the primary objective turns out to be saving someone’s life when it is in danger. So, the technology has been making unparalleled advances in the field.
However, the main challenge still remains to spread the healthcare services to all parts of the country, even the remotest ones.
There have been many landslide events in the history, some which have changed the world of medical science forever.
All of these events which we are talking about have brought in positive changes in the field, increasing the probability of saving lives of people.
Around few decades back, people used to die of disease like diarrhea, a fact that makes us feel pity about the standard of life and advances of healthcare in those days. However, the world has changed in terms of healthcare and it has changed for good.
Let us have a look at some of the landmark events in medical history that changed healthcare in a significant way.
Discovery of Vaccines
“Better safe than sorry,” this proverb did exist in the English language but did not make sense in the field of medical science before 1796. Communicable diseases were the biggest problem back then, especially the air-borne ones.
The biggest problem was that people were not aware of the air borne nature of the disease, causing maximum problems.
However, the year 1796 changed everything when Dr. Edward Jenner introduced the vaccine of small pox.
Vaccination was invented, a method using which spreading of disease could be controlled and people’s life could be saved.
This was definitely one of the most important even in the history of medical science, considering the number of lives that were saved and are still being saved because of vaccination.
Use Of Antibiotics And Antivirals
Although vaccination protected people from some of the communicable diseases, it was not until Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic effects of Penicillium notatum that the communicable diseases were dealt a lethal blow.
The discovery of antibiotics and there application over a wide range of bacteria’s meant the bacteria were left helpless.
Antivirals and antibiotics have saved many lives, which describes how important the discovery of Sir Fleming was.
Use Of Surgical Anesthetics And Antisepsis
Surgery is painful but can you believe the fact that it was much more painful before the use of surgical anesthetics began.
On October 16, 1846, William T.G. Morton showed the world what ether could do in relieving the pain and deactivating the receptors while doing a surgery.
This meant that pain during surgery was reduced by huge amount. Another invention which took place in the same year was antisepsis i.e. use of instruments which are free of diseases like tetanus.
These two inventions increased the probability of living of a person once he or she underwent surgery.
A part of the doctors across the world believe invention of antisepsis was much important, as a surgery done with use of anesthetics without the use of antisepsis would still kill the patient. However, this opinion is questionable.
Birth Control Pill
Population explosion is a problem in today’s world. Consider what the scenario would have been had there not been birth control pills.
The making of birth control pills ensured the checking of human population, though not as much as it was needed.
However, the event can be considered as a medical revolution accompanied with a social one as women now had the right to select whether they wanted to bear a child or not.
Radiological Imaging of Body Parts
Imagine how difficult it would be a for a doctor to just look at a patient and predict what he has been suffering from or what is the level of impact of injury he has suffered. But this was the fate of doctors before the discovery of radiological imaging of body parts.
The radiological imaging of body parts lead to unexpected improvement in the history of medical science.
Improvement In The Cardiac Surgeries
Numerous improvements in cardiac surgery like hurt-lung bypass, coronary-artery bypass grafting has saved many lives so far. Though the heart diseases have not been conquered completely yet, the number of deaths due to cardiac failures would have been more had these processes not been invented.
These are some of the medical revolutions that changed healthcare in a significant way forever.