Hippocrates, ancient Greek physician and author of the Hippocratic Oath. See more Ancient Greece pictures. Stock Montage/Getty Images The Hippocratic Oath is a document that has survived -- and remained relevant -- for more than 2,500 years. Conceived by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, commonly referred to as the father of medicine, the oath is a cornerstone of medical ethics [source: PBS]. Hippocrates had a rational perspective of medicine and sought out common sense explanations for diseases rather than ascribing supernatural causes to them. By his death in 377 B.C., Hippocrates had become the most well-known physician in Greece. Today, there are classical and modern versions of the Hippocratic Oath. The commonly used maxim "do no harm" comes from the classical version, although the oath itself does not contain this exact phrase. (The oath does require doctors to "keep [patients] from harm" [source: PBS].) The classical oath is dedicated to the ancient Greek gods, … [Read more...] about Should doctors change the Hippocratic Oath?
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That tiny implantable system allows human metabolism to be monitored, and it was developed by the Polytechnic school in Lausanne, Switzerland. The implant has five biosensors, which measure the density of various molecules. © Amelie-Benoist/BSIP/Corbis In the 1960s sci-fi flick "Fantastic Voyage," a submarine containing a surgical team was miniaturized and injected into the bloodstream of a patient so the surgeons could perform a delicate operation to save his life. Wouldn't it be great if doctors could shrink themselves and get inside you for real? Or what if they could send in swarms of microscopic medical robots to repair damaged organs and deliver anti-cancer medication directly to tumors? This tiny dream team made of surgical nanobots is an idea that we've been hearing about for so long that you might be wondering why they're not already cleaning out your arteries. In 2000, an article in Popular Science predicted that scientists would soon be mass-producing health care … [Read more...] about Will nanobots perform surgery in the future?
Just as computers revolutionized the latter half of the 20th century, the field of robotics has the potential to equally alter how we live in the 21st century. We've already seen how robots have changed the manufacturing of cars and other consumer goods by streamlining and speeding up the assembly line. We even have robotic lawn mowers and robotic pets. And robots have enabled us to see places that humans are not yet able to visit, such as other planets and the depths of the ocean. This content is not compatible on this device. In the coming decades, we may see robots that have artificial intelligence. Some, like Honda's ASIMO robot, will resemble the human form. They may eventually become self-aware and conscious, and be able to do anything that a human can. When we talk about robots doing the tasks of humans, we often talk about the future, but robotic surgery is already a reality. Doctors around the world are using sophisticated robots to perform surgical … [Read more...] about How Robotic Surgery Will Work
Doctors performing laser spine surgery remove the sources of nerve sensitivity and pain by lasering off the ends and decreasing the size of the disks between vertebrae. Getty Images/Robert J. Herko Many people with back pain eventually get to a point when they would do anything -- anything at all -- to end their pain. Having surgery, or going under the knife, is required in very few cases, so some patients consider having laser surgery for relief instead. Lasers have been used for medical and surgical procedures since the early 1960s and have proven effective when used for correcting vision and assisting in neurosurgeries, for example, but what about in laser spine surgery? Despite the fact that thousands choose to undergo laser procedures in spine clinics and outpatient centers, so far none of the most recognized health authorities in the United States, or elsewhere, endorse laser spine surgery. Why not? Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Mayo Clinic state … [Read more...] about Laser Spine Surgery
'Dr. Miami' Michael Salzhauer (standing between reality personalities Renee Graziano, left, and Farrah Abraham) attends WE tv's premiere party for the new show 'Dr. Miami' at the Tuck Room in North Miami Beach on March 30, 2017. Salzhauer has come under fire for his outrageous plastic surgery Snapchat videos, but they also helped him land a reality TV show. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for WE tv/Getty Images Are you thinking of having plastic surgery? If so, you might want to Google your chosen surgeon to find out if his social media postings are in line with what you want out of a doctor. It turns out that social media antics aren't limited to celebs, U.S. presidents and wild teenagers — plastic surgeons are jumping on the bandwagon, turning the operating room into a circus. Some plastic surgeons are posting videos to Snapchat and Instagram where doctors perform tricks, like juggling breast implants, or wear elaborate costumes. One doctor invited people to come enjoy free … [Read more...] about Citing the Rise of Crazy Plastic Surgery Videos, Critics Draw Up Code of Ethics