5 medical revolutions that were once taunted

5 medical revolutions that were once taunted

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Medicine, as we all know, is an ever evolving field. Some of the medical advances that we observe today are a manifestation of sparks of visionary ideas or an experiment that scientists and clinicians courageously stood by, despite surmounting rejection and criticism by conventional wisdoms. Here, we explore 5 medical revolutions that were once fiercely resisted, only to be vindicated years later as standards of care that have saved more lives than we can ever imagine.
26 Jul 2016 - General
One thing about PTCA (Percutaneous Coronary Angiogram) is that it was a big piece of fat meat that was given out by the cardiac surgeons to the cardiologists. Back in the 70s and 80s, cardiac surgery was flourishing and the cardiothoracic surgeons were not bothered to keep it as part of their realm, instead gave it up to the cardiologists. Now, the cardiologists are doing most of the minimally invasive work and cardiothoracic surgeons are having a crisis in the low of number of patients referred...
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This article reminds of The Imitation Game. In the movie, Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing who was a very eccentric computer scientist, mathematician and cryptanalyst. In the movie he was hired, along with some other people, to decode messages. The journey his team takes to finally have the machine working was a treacherous one. He was being laughed at for his insistence, but he believed in what he has theorized.

I applaud scientists, not just for their brilliant minds but for their pe...
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It is human nature to resist change. Resistance was also faced by Galileo who said that it was the Earth which revolved around the sun and not vice cersa. It is especially true in the medical context, where people are afraid to change their practices in the fear of harming their patients. However, science progresses only when existing dogmas are challenged. The problem with today's education process is that students are taught to learn and memorise, but they are not encouraged to think diffe...
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In the 16th century Greek Mathematician Archimedes stepped into a bath tub. When his body displaced the amount of water in the tub a revelation came onto him. "Eureka!" he shouted. He realized that "the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged." This gave birth to the Archimedes principle. In the 1970s German physician-scientist Andreas Roland Grüntzig thought about plumbing work which he related to clogged arteries a...
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