• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Twentieth Century Medicine: is it good for you?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Twentieth Century Medicine: is it good for you? Medicine of the 20th century is a great deal more powerful and effective than that of previous centuries. But with this power has come a price, several in fact, all adding up to a bill of human suffering that seems horrendous. Thalidomide, salmonella, super bugs, the list goes on. But with these consequences, great learning has happened and the majority of medical treatments are of benefit to humanity. A sizeable portion saving lives. An example of this is smallpox, which, thanks to Jenner's discovery of vaccinations, has been wiped off the planet, except in controlled laboratory conditions. The four main points of criticism when it comes to 20th century medicine are drugs, vaccines, hospitals and high technology medicine. High technology medicine is criticised because it is basically seen as being too powerful, e.g. it can make a body that is technically brain dead, chemically alive or where the medicine is so powerful that a small slip up can have disastrous results. ...read more.

Middle

But also, it would be more harmful because most people in a hospital are already in a weakened state, making it easier for the food poisoning to become really serious. However hospitals are very important institutions for teaching as well as healing. They also provide the best healthcare possible for most illnesses under one roof. They provide a focal point for people to go, and if they are unsure what is seriously wrong with them, the doctor can diagnose them and send them to an appropriate ward. Without them having to leave the hospital most of the time. Vaccines are criticised because they are one purpose medicines, that can have side effects that can damage as much as the disease. Like the vaccine for whooping cough, which was later found to cause brain damage which is sometimes almost as bad as death. Even with these side effects diseases can adapt to these vaccines anyway. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nuclear energy is the only solid fuel which can be used, then 97% of it can be used again. Modern medicine has saved millions of lives, but if like plutonium, it is misused then it can kill, with greater ease than most think. Twentieth century medicine is one of the most potent forces known to man, it can save life almost miraculously, and when a mistake is made, then it can take life just as quickly. It has given hope to many, where as its misuse has cause the suffering of many as well. But in my opinion modern medicine is worth the risk, for every mistake made, thousands are helped by medicine. I am not justifying moments of incompetence, but you must understand that doctors are as human as the people they treat (most of the time!) hence they make mistakes. Modern medicine does much more good than harm, but alternatives should still be investigated, and used if they are found to be cheaper and more effective. By Thomas Cranfield 11C2 History For Ms. Durham ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Behavioural Science section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Behavioural Science essays

  1. Ancient Oath with A Modern Meaning: An Examination of the Validity of the Hippocratic ...

    The simple answer is no, so long as you keep the intent of the oath in perspective. The rest of the oath falls in line with medical etiquette and although it has been modified several times it does address the overall concern about the duties of the physician, rather than

  2. "Describe the developments of Medicine Through Time"

    She was asked to go to the hospital of Scutari in Turkey with a team of 38 nurses. She transformed the hospital by improving sanitation, cleanliness and supplies to patients (within two years the death rate had fallen from 40% to 2%)

  1. Critically discuss the theoretical explanations put forward to explain alcohol dependence and discuss the ...

    The "maintenance" of positive behaviour change may include periods of relapse and earlier stages of the process may be revisited. Also stages of the process may inter-change. (Ogden, 2004) In recent research and development of treatment interventions "the transtheoretical model of behaviour change" has been widely used.

  2. The Renaissance was a time of good medical progress but very few practical advantages

    Many thoughts about the causes and treatments of disease didn't change in the Renaissance from the Middle Ages for a long time. They believed in diseases sent by god, diseases due to the alignment of the planets or bad air or due to the imbalance of the humours.

  1. Is Cosmetic Surgery really worth the risk?

    However, some people get it done for medical reasons such as hereditary defects or cancers of the face. This is acceptable as facial deformities can cause people to become introverted because of other peoples negative reactions.

  2. History and development of Western medicine.

    They were seen as 'wise women''. At times this role was revered, at times feared, sometimes women were even acknowledged and seen as a leader in the society. However, with the advent of new scientific knowledge the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries saw some really radical developments in medicine, with some equally radical changes to women's traditional 'healing' roles.

  1. the man who mistook his wife for a hat

    She lost all muscle, tendon, and joint sense from head to toe. This condition has been documented before and is known as "sensory Neuronopathies". It is a condition in which one generally cannot make use of body parts without looking at that body part.

  2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is defined as a severe difficulty in focusing and ...

    It is generally 1mg of the required drug to every 1kg of the person as a starting point (AAP website). However the final dose varies from individual to individual. The most common prescriptions for treatment of ADHD are Dextroamphetamine, Methylphenidate and Ritalin.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work