Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 July 2019

The 5 most important medical inventions

Our reliance on technology is nowhere more evident than in the field of health, as these inventions prove.

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Implantable pacemaker

This device regulates heartbeat and is responsible for saving millions of lives since its invention in the 1920s.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This allows doctors to see 3-D images of the inside of the body. In 1978 a doctor patented a technology that could distinguish cancerous and normal tissue in the body.

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Blood glucose monitor

This device is a lifeline for some of the 415 million people in the world who have diabetes. It monitors glucose in the blood and gives instant readings, usually with just a single drop of blood.

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Stethoscope

The stethoscope was first used in 1816 by French doctor René Laënnec. Some sources say he was embarrassed to put his ear to the heart of a female patient, others say the patient was too overweight for Laënnec to hear her heart using just his ear.

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Foetal heart monitor

Invented by two American physicians in the late 1950s, it has helped significantly reduce the number of stillbirths and increased early detection of pregnancy complications.

Updated: November 16, 2016 04:00 AM

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