Do you ever sit and wonder what medical procedures use to be like decades ago? Most of us are not too fluent in medical knowledge or the history of medical procedures. With all of the technological advances in the medical field over the past decades, medical procedures have changed drastically. It has taken some pain and suffering from patients in the past, to lead to patients feeling more comfortable and safe today. Lets look at one specific procedure – electroshock therapy – to see how much it has changed over the years.
Electroshock therapy was once used for the treatment of various mental disorders. When performing this procedure, the electroshock could cause such violent seizures that it could fracture the patient’s vertebrae among other side effects. One can only imagine, right? Even ancient Romans performed electroshock therapy by placing eels on the patient’s head. That would be quite electrifying. Obviously, these procedures are no longer performed in this manner. Luckily, today technology has increasingly advanced as well as the medical knowledge of healthcare professionals. Now electroshock therapy is used to treat severe depression. There are still a few side effects but the use of electrodes placed on the left side of the brain protects some of the brain’s important functions, such as language and auditory memory. Check out other procedures that have changed over the year by looking at the following infographic presented by MedexSupply.
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