10 'Barbaric' Medical Treatments That Are Still Used Today

10 'Barbaric' Medical Treatments That Are Still Used Today

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From blood-letting, a life-saving hemochromatosis treatment, to leeches, a surgical aid, these ‘barbaric’ medical treatments are still used today.
9 Aug 2016 - General
I had a first hand experience watching a ECT being conducted on a severely depressed patient who had been doing ECTs for the past 20 years of his lifetime. It is not that pleasant to look at but it is a good experience which then made me left psychiatry :) and moved on to emergency medicine. Leeches are still seen in Malaysia but it was not done by a qualified doctor. Well, i am not sure if it should be but it was done in a pharmacy like shop houses where they have dozens of glass bottles half f...
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I haven't seen anyone in the hospital use maggots or leeches in the Philippines. Use of medical leeches was previously popular in the provinces for treating "blood infections". I feel that lobotomy is quite an invasive procedure for obsessive-compulsive disorder. I think that psychotherapy would really help in this illness. I have heard that deep brain stimulation is now being used for removal of tics but have not personally witnessed one. ECTs are also used more frequently in the ...
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Venesection / therapeutic phlebotomy or as described in the article as Bloodletting is quite commonly done in our hospitals. I myself have done it on a number of patients and I don't feel like it is barbaric at all. It's just like drawing blood out for an investigation. It's just that we take out a few hundred extra milliliters of blood. :) Electroconvulsive therapy is also nowadays practiced more frequently as a last resort to treat treatment resistant psychiatric disorders. Bees, M...
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I must say, there probably won't be an alternative to trephination / trepanning. It is really quite barbaric because if the patien's head is not affixed to a 3-point fixation system, an assistant must grip the head steadily to prevent it from rocking back and forth while being trephined. Although high-speed drills are becoming increasingly popular. However, the expense of the equipment limits its utility. Most hospitals in the Philippines still use the classic trephine. In our local prac...
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