The medical field has evolved consistently over a period of time ever since the inception of humankind. It has definitely brought about a progressive change in healthcare. But, some of these inventions have apparently brought about a kind of revolution in the field. Here is a list of few amazing inventions that have helped mankind to core ever since they’ve been invented.
X-ray – Imagine treating fractures and cracks in the bones without knowing anything about it. Though accidental inventions it has worked wonders since its invention by German Physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen way back in 1895. He was actually working on electron beams when he accidentally discovered that he was able to see his bone outlines. The initial reaction of people and critics was not favorable but eventually, it won him the Nobel prize in the year 1901.
Spectacles – Though there is not much evidence about who was the inventor of reading glasses. It is known to have been invented centuries ago and become even more in demand in the 1800s when a lot of books began to be printed.
MRI and CT Scan – Inspired by the discovery of X-ray researchers began to dig deep into the possibilities of body scanning machines. This ultimately led to the invention of the C T scanner and eventually the MRI machine. The CT Scanner came into existence in 1979 which earned the inventor Dr. Godfrey Hounsfield a Noble Prize and scanned multiple layers within multiple X-ray images. Soon, another invention called the MRI earned a lot of appraising to the inventor Dr. Raymond V Damadian with its ability to differentiate normal cells from cancerous ones.
Cardiac Pacemaker – It was invented in the year 1926 by two genius scientists of Australian origin Edgar Booth and Mar Hill. The design was extremely complicated and required a needle to be pierced in the patient’s heart chamber but none the less it miraculously brought back a still-born baby. Present-day, the pacemakers are much more advanced and come with a battery life of 20 years.
Prosthetics/ Implants – Ask anyone with a handicap, how life can be challenging every single moment and then about prosthetics or implants and you’ll see how it has helped them overcome these challenges to a great extent. It is undoubtedly a big breakthrough in science and has enabled many lives to shun their crutches or wheelchairs and live an independent life. The first prosthetic was an artificial limb invented by Douglas Bly in 1858.
Well, these are just a few of the inventions that enormously helped the medical fraternity and humankind overcome their healthcare challenges and are still doing so.