Indian scientists can determine your blood cholesterol level from a photograph of your hand.
The first human cardiac catheterization was done by Werner Forssmann who, after failing to get permission from his department chief, anesthetized his arm, inserted a catheter into his vein and threaded it into his heart. He then walked down to the X-ray department and took a picture to prove it. “He ignored his department chief and persuaded a nurse in charge of the sterile supplies to assist him. She agreed, but only on the promise that he would do it on her rather than on himself. However, Forssmann tricked her by restraining her to the operating table and pretending to locally anaesthetise and cut her arm whilst actually doing it on himself.“
Before antibiotics, patients with syphilis were sometimes purposefully infected with malaria. This was because the bacteria that causes syphilis doesn’t fare well at higher temperatures (a blistering fever is a side effect of malaria).
The Netherlands is the only country in the world where it is compulsory for everyone to have private health insurance. Premiums are not based on age or health status, but on income & are on average €100 per month.
Two surgeons used a coat hanger, brandy, and a tube to operate on a collapsed lung during an airplane flight – and succeeded.
Italian doctors have saved the life of a 16-month-old boy by implanting the world’s smallest artificial heart to keep the infant alive until a donor was found for a transplant.
Morbidly obese people who are too big for MRI machines at hospitals are sent to SeaWorld.
“Killing Season” is a British medical term used to describe the time around August, when the newly qualified doctors join the National Health Service.
Despite popular belief, Americans actually pay more taxes for healthcare than Canadians, Australians, and Western Europeans.