Anesthesia Is The New Alcohol

June 12, 2012 by Justin CLeave a Comment

The phenomenal proliferation of medical knowledge and technology over the years has
revolutionized the way important medical procedures are performed. The overall
effectiveness and safety of these procedures have expanded dramatically. Let’s
consider the treatment for such mental disorders as severe depression, which has
plagued mankind since the beginning of time. Electroshock therapy in the past
produced a shock that was so viciously violent and dangerous that patients’
vertebrate could fracture. Such therapy produced side effects including memory
loss and speech problems. We don’t normally associate electric eels with serving
a medical purpose today. However, the ancient Romans performed this procedure by
placing these eels on the cranium of the patient. Today, electroshock therapy is
performed by placing electrodes on the right side of the brain to protect the
left side which controls language and auditory memory.

Patients who were shot in an extremity in the past faced a 71 percent chance of death.
Today, thanks to x-ray technology and precision-based instruments used in bullet
removal procedures, this percentage has been reduced to 1.5 percent. The fact
that anesthesia and pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, have replaced alcohol and
opiates should tell you all you need to know about advancements in medical
knowledge and technology. This infographic showcases progress society has made
in handling specific medical procedures.

Medical Procedures Then and Now [Infographic]
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