Cologne was originally produced as protection against the plague. It was widely believed that bad-smelling air spread the disease.
The term ‘patient 0’ is based on a misunderstanding. An early HIV patients was named ‘patient O’, standing for ‘patient OUT of California’. People misinterpreted this letter as the numeral 0, leading to its wide usage today.
The Ice Bucket Challenge money produced a drug that extends ALS patients’ lives by 7.5 months.
Dr. Heimlich, who invented the Heimlich Maneuver, saved an 87 year old woman choking on her food next to him.
After Kanye West’s mother Donda West died, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the “Donda West Law”, legislation which makes it mandatory for patients to receive medical clearance through a physical examination before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery.
For 30 years Paul Shuen was one of Canada’s most respected obstetricians and gynecologists. His license to practise in Ontario was revoked after it was discovered that, since deliveries paid more on weekends, he was drugging his patients without their knowledge to induce labor on Saturday.
Billionaire Howard Hughes was badly injured in a plane crash in 1946. Unsatisfied with his hospital bed, Hughes had a team of engineers design a custom bed comprised of six sections, operated by 30 electric motors with push-button adjustments- this became a prototype for the modern hospital bed.
Prescription drugs are so expensive, an insurance company is flying members from Utah to Mexico to fill their drugs, stay in a hotel overnight, and giving them a $500 stipend on top of the free travel and lower copays.
After discovering a rare tumor on an unborn fetus, a Nigerian doctor removed the baby at 26 weeks, successfully operated on the tumor & put the baby back into the mother’s womb. She carried her daughter full term & both are happy & healthy four years later.
In 1961 Ronald Reagan released a spoken-word album warning against socialized medicine.