• " In the 1930s several controversial medical practices were introduced including inducing seizures (by electroshock, insulin or other drugs) or cutting parts of the brain apart (leucotomy or lobotomy). Both came into widespread use by psychiatry, but there were grave concerns and much opposition on grounds of basic morality, harmful effects, or misuse."

    "Medical advances in the thirties included a new and safer way to do blood transfusions. An advance that was to save many a soldier’s life in the upcoming war. In 1937 Chicago’s Cook County Hospital opened the first blood bank that stored blood given by live donors. This, with improved anesthesia, made the chances of surviving major surgery on vital organs much greater."

    In 1931 there was the first clinical use of Penicillin. In 1937 there was insulin used to control diabetes.

    By the 1930s, homeopathy had faded from the American medical field.

    –Microelectrode – a small device that electrically (or chemically) stimulates a living cell and records the electrical activity within that cell.
    –Typhus vaccine
    –Yellow fever vaccine
    –Dicumarol, a long-term anticoagulant
    –aAheart-lung machine for extracorporeal circulation of a cat (i.e., all the heart and lung functions are handled by the machine while surgery is performed)
    –Technique of cardiac cauterization
    –First use of injection of dye into heart in attempt to outline the heart’s chambers in x-rays
    –First use of phenobarbitone for anesthesia
    –Disovery of Vitamin K and its effect of bleeding problems
    –The idea of the heart-lung machine for extra-corporeal circulation to remove pulmonary emboli from moribund patients
    –DeBakey Pump
    –Blood bank

  • Austin

    I have an college anatomy book from the ’30s and it was extremely detailed..I didn’t see anything in it that wasn’t still taught in schools. It was VERY in-depth, way over my head.

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