What has been done

Countless scientific discoveries have been uncovered in remarkable or unexpected ways. In this section you can read all about these revolutionizing ideas.

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The shocking history of the lobotomy

In Joey Ramone’s famous words “Guess I’ll have to break the news/ that I got no mind to lose”*, that is precisely the result of almost all med...

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Burning one’s brain to a crisp. Treating mental illness with Electroconvulsive Shock Therapy

When thinking about the history of how mental disorders were understood and treated in the past, you can’t help but let out a huge sigh of relie...

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Cephalosporins: draining an antibiotic from the sewers

While admiring pleasant scenery one can have particularly inspiring, yet random thoughts. Such was the case of Dr. Giuseppe Brotzu (1895-1976), direct...

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Smiling with a full set of teeth: dental implants

The loss of a tooth is not only a cosmetic problem (especially when it’s in a visible part of the mandible), it is also a triggering factor for ...

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That awkward moment when a catheter slip turns out to be the primary step in performing the first selective coronary arteriogram

Throughout the history of medical treatments, one can only presume that not many catheter slips ended particularly well for the patients in question. ...

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Vitamin C a.k.a Godnose

In medical history, it seems like vitamin C wasn’t even considered a vitamin to begin with. This is the case of several discoveries and the prob...

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Laughing all the way to surgery. Humphry Davy’s discovery of surgical anesthetics

Surgery, as most things pertaining to medicine, has a certain knack for inspiring fear in the heart of people. Could it be the harshly-lit hospital ha...

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William Harvey, zany anatomist and mapper of the body’s circulatory system

The scene: the famous Teatro Anatomico, of the University of Padua, Italy, in the early modern times of the 1600s. A young William Harvey was studious...

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The anesthetic cocaine triangle: Freud, Koller and Gaertner

When you hear about cocaine, the first thoughts are linked to notions such as “high risk drug”, “dangerous stimulant”, “...

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Botox – a bacteria’s meteoric rise from sickening sausages to attractive beauty product

If history has taught us anything is that human beings are very strange creatures. One minute we’re utterly disgusted by something, the next, th...

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Foxglove or Digitalis purpurea – nature’s diuretic

Over time, various conditions and diseases have suffered name transformations that range from the most relevant to the most bizarre. This one could be...

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Nitrogen mustard: from ending lives to prolonging them

It probably goes without saying that throughout the years, cancer sufferers have been subjected to a great variety of experimental treatments that ran...

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