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Best Medical Inventions of the 1960s

Updated on April 12, 2017

Medical Advancements: That Made A Difference

The Hip Replacement was a major advancement in the medical field and it has helped thousands of people worldwide.
The Hip Replacement was a major advancement in the medical field and it has helped thousands of people worldwide. | Source
The discovery of CPR use has saved many lives since it's inception.
The discovery of CPR use has saved many lives since it's inception. | Source
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The measles vaccine has helped ease pain for thousands of people.
The measles vaccine has helped ease pain for thousands of people. | Source

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Ten Great Medical Inventions

1. CPR (1960): CPR has been used in many different situations, to save hundreds probably even thousands of lives after it was found to work. CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. I think it is important to know how to do CPR because, you never know when you might need use it. If you are an adult and you are taking CPR find somewhere that will teach you what to do with babies, children and adults. This will allow you to be prepared in any situation. Remember to stay calm. I know that is easier said than done but, it will allow the emergency personnel to get the proper help that you need.

2. Measles Vaccine (1964): This is a highly effective vaccine against the measles virus. Now the measles, mumps, rubella or MMR has been available in one shot since 2005. This of course, makes it easier on the children and babies because it's a smaller amount. Measles and mumps vaccines are given when children are young. It seems strange to know that there were many people years ago that died from this virus. Once the vaccine was created, the deaths decreased as the vaccine was perfected.

3. Mumps Vaccine (1967): There are ten strains of mumps vaccines. The mumps vaccine must be refrigerated at all times. The invention of this medication has kept the people who are fortunate to get the vaccine, from getting the mumps at all. Mumps and measles vaccines are given when children are young. These shots are a requirement before any child can start elementary school. Nowadays, people think nothing of this disease because we have had the vaccine so long now but a long time ago it was a bad epidemic that spread like wild fires, so to speak.

4. Hip Replacement (1962): This is a great breakthrough in the medical field because of so many seniors living longer, there are going to be more broken bones. With being able to have the possibility of getting a hip replacement, this returns the mobility of the patient vs. the patient losing all hope that they will ever be able to have a normal life again. I see people every day that will come into the office and get hip injections to buy them some time before they finally can't endure the pain any more and the patient has to get the hip injections more often meaning that the patient will most likely decide on surgery. Shots are a temporary fix to a permanent problem that can only be fixed by surgery.

5. Human Lung Transplant (1963): A lung transplant is usually the last hope for a patient who has COPD. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The patient by this point, is on oxygen by nasal cannula day and night and has tried and failed every other treatment to have normal lung function from day to day. We have a lung on the right and left side of our chest cavity. Each lobe is separated into two lobes. There have been surgeries to remove an entire lung or just an upper or lower lobe depending on the patient's condition. This surgery has really advanced over the last several years. Lung transplants are uncommon and if someone is able to undergo a lung transplant, then they can endure a lot. Once you are on the transplant list, you must remain within so many miles of the hospital at all times. This way, you can be ready at the drop of a hat. A donor can be someone who has died of natural causes, someone who has died in a car wreck, or even suicide.

6. Human Liver Transplant (1963): The liver transplant is the same as the lung transplant in that, this is a last effort for the patient's survival. No one can survive without their liver so, a transplant is the only solution. It is my understanding, that once you are on the transplant list, you must be within so many miles of the hospital where the transplant will take place. You never know when someone who is an organ donor will die of natural causes or someone who has died in a car wreck or the donor might have even committed suicide. You just have to be ready to go to the hospital at the drop of a hat.

7. Balloon Catheter (1969): A balloon catheter is just as it sounds. The balloon is inflated to help enlarge the opening in the body. The catheter can be placed in the leg or into the heart. The surgeon will then manipulate the catheter to do what he or she wants.

8. Beta Blocker (1962): Beta Blockers are medicines that were and/are used in the treatment of blood pressure and other forms of heart disease. It was a major advancement in how angina is treated. These medications are relatively inexpensive now and that is good considering all of the people who have to be on this kind of medication.

9. Portable Defibrillator (1965): These were primarily in ambulances only up until about the last 15-20 years. Now there are defibrillators required to be in the malls, stores and of course medical offices. All of the staff of these different organizations should all know where the defibrillator is located and how to operate it. This could be very important in saving someone's life.

10. Valium (1963): It is the generic name is Diazepam. Valium is used to help treat depression, help people with sleeping disorders, seizure disorders and it also helps people with nerve problems calm down. People who are on Valium, do not need to skip a dose. The biggest sided effect of this drug is to not take it in large quantities. Side effects are amnesia and extreme sedation. Valium can be used to help patients relax before their MRI testing.

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      Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

      Biological science improves our life. Look forward to more medical advances and cures as time goes on. Nice Hub.

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