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Best Medical Inventions of the Early 1900s

Updated on March 2, 2017

Major Medical Innovations and Creations

The first blood transfusion took place in the early 1900s. Since then technology has advanced and this procedure is far easier to do now.
The first blood transfusion took place in the early 1900s. Since then technology has advanced and this procedure is far easier to do now. | Source
The Electrocardiograph was a major medical advancement during the early 1900s.
The Electrocardiograph was a major medical advancement during the early 1900s. | Source
vitamin D is great for promoting healthy teeth and bones. It can be found in milk, cheese and several other food and beverage items.
vitamin D is great for promoting healthy teeth and bones. It can be found in milk, cheese and several other food and beverage items. | Source
The plaster cast cutting saw was first used in hospitals in 1920. Medical technology has changed this procedure for the better without a doubt.
The plaster cast cutting saw was first used in hospitals in 1920. Medical technology has changed this procedure for the better without a doubt. | Source
The 1900s saw the invention of a blood transfusion system which helped to separate and store blood.
The 1900s saw the invention of a blood transfusion system which helped to separate and store blood. | Source

Early Medical Advancements


There are many medical inventions that make our lives easier and even makes some patient's lives more enjoyable and more possible today. Without these medical breakthroughs, life would be a lot harder or maybe even impossible.

1. First Blood Transfusion (1907): Blood transfusions are done on people who have lost a lot of blood for what ever reason. Some of the reasons that a patient can have a loss of blood could be from a car wreck, birth of a baby or babies, another injury such as a gun shot wound or from surgery. This first transfusions used whole blood but, now different components of blood are needed such as platelets, red and white blood, plasma, and clotting factors. For someone to figure out what is needed to sustain human life, This invention had major ramifications in the health industry and of course it has saved countless people. Blood transfusions are used every day. In the event of a catastrophe whether due to weather or because of a war, blood for transfusions are usually on shortage. Blood "drives" are used to replenish the supply.

2. Vitamins Discovered (1906): Officially vitamins were discovered in 1912 but, in the early 1900s research was being done to determine what help, if any could be provided to the general population. The word vitamin comes from the word vita which means life. Some vitamins are found in the foods that we eat, the beverages that we drink, and of course, pill form. It is very important to have certain vitamins in your body for good health. It is also important for our bodies to receive a daily allowance of certain vitamins. With all of the information that is available to patients in today's day and time, we have access to what vitamins to take for what ailment that might be out there. Some people will swear that vitamins help them more than prescription drugs. Some people take vitamins to the extreme. Some take just the necessary vitamins.

3. Invention of a Blood Type System (1901): Labeled the ABO group system is vital for human blood transfusions. Using the ABO system, is important because during the transfusion, if everything is not calibrated correctly, then the patient has a large potential of death. Making sure that you have the correct blood type is the first step in a blood transfusion. This process is carefully carried out inside the lab in the hospital. This section of the lab is called the blood bank. There has to be different types and screens done to make sure that the blood types indeed do match. This is very important because diseases can easily be put into the wrong person via blood transfusion. As you can see from number two above, transfusions are very important and they are used every day at the hospital.

4. Electrocardiograph Invented EKG/ECG (1913): This machine tests a patient's heartbeat and records electrical heart impulses.The reading or print out from the EKG machine itself is a good tool for the doctors to diganose This machine produces a report documenting the heart's functions. This device was a great discovery as it helps diagnose certain abnormalities of the heart. Nowadays, these machines are quick and efficient but they used to big huge and bulky and far slower.

5. Aspirin Developed (1900): Aspirin was first being explored in 1897. By 1900, scientists at Bayer Drug Firm, came up with a medication that was called Aspirin. It can be used ad an aid to stop a heart attack, every day aches and pains and is used as a blood thinner. It's a common medication that has been on the market for over 100 years.

6. Vitamin D Discovered (1919): Vitamin D is calcium and phosphate which deal with intestinal absorption in the human body. Vitamin D is primarily used for bone health and helps to prevent osteopenia which is a thinning of the bones or if it has progressed to osteoporosis which is bones that are very brittle and might lead to painful fractures. Vitamin D also helps with keeping teeth very strong and health.

7. Ecstasy Discovered (1913): MDMA or Ecstasy was patented by a German Chemical Company named Merck. It was going to be sold as a diet pill but, the company changed their mind and sold the product to the Army. Ecstasy is a mind altering drug, that has adverse effects on the brain.

8. Plaster Cast Cutting Saw (1920): A cast cutting saw is just as it sounds. It is used to removed casts after fractured bones have been healed. This was an important invention and a smart one for obvious reasons. Doctors had to practice on dummies with this machine before attempting the real thing.

9. National Medical Insurance Act (1911): This act is regarded as one of the building blocks toward social welfare in the UK and in America. This is first policy that introduced health insurance benefits to the world. Without this service a lot of lower income families wouldn't have insurance coverage and they wouldn't be able to get the medications and medical care that is needed.

10. The Magic Bullet (1911): A German scientist discovered an antibody which he later used to treat syphilis. It was a great discovery in that it had little side effects. The scientist who discovered the Magic Bullet was Paul Ehrlich and he received a Nobel peace prize because of his medical contributions.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Interesting. We take these things, most of them for granted, and they really have not been around FOREVER like we might think. Thank you to those who came up with these medical marvels.

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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