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My IMSS Experience

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Rachel Daniels

on 17 May 2016

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In the Orthopedics and Prosthesis exhibit I was amazed at the in depth articles and artifacts that explained the history of how prosthesis were used to aid amputees. It also demonstrated how braces and stints helped the formation of developing bones in children, provided support to broken bones or strengthened others. This exhibit also provided interesting knowledge about the history of amputations
"Beyond Broken Bone"
My IMSS Experience
Phelps aluminum brace for the treatment of scoliosis
Osteoclast (bone crusher): Initially broke childrens bones so they could set them properly and allow them to align correctly
The progression of improvements on prosthesis over the years starting in B.C.E. till now has been incredible. There have been many inventors who have accelerated the knowledge and methods of amputation and prosthetics. One being 17th century, Nicholas Andry, who is known for making peg legs to high profile carbon fiber dynamic response foot. Today scientists are creating prosthesis with 3D printers and biometrics to improve the appearance and the amputees overall well being
The pain management exhibit was probably my favorite because it demonstrated the many ways that scientists would attempt to alleviate and endure pain and how different is was then from the much improved knowledge of medicine. Pain is something that has always been a universal condition that everyone experiences in their lives. Some of the ways doctors thought to relieve these symptoms were either by trepanning, if surgery was needed a doctor would use some kind of anesthetic whether it was chloroform or Ether. Doctors would also prescribe their patients with pain relievers containing cannabis or opium.
Pain Management Exhibit
Anesthetics such Ether and Chloroform were popularly used in surgery before people found out the chemical and heath repercussions they had on the brain. in 1847 the Scottish doctor, James Young Simpson, was the first to use Chloroform. Chloroform was soon found to be highly addictive. The unfortunate Horace Wells soon fell to the addiction of huffing the anesthetic. He was shortly arrested after assulting a prostitute.
Dating back to 3000 BC, scientists and doctors have been drilling/ hammering holes into patients skulls using drill-bores and other tools overtime, with the thought that it would cure headaches, pressure, seizures, insanity, nightmares, and mental disorders.
In the 1800's medicines used to cure pain (that today would be cured by advil) contained substances such as cannabis, opium and other things. They soon learned how addictive these medicines were and looked for alternative ways.
Prescription pain killers
These two exhibits are the ones I felt I had learned a lot from and expanded my knowledge of where surgical science and medicine all started from.
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