The Evolution of Modern Medical Care
By : Phineas Gray Category : Health Care
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It wasn’t that long ago that one of the driving theories in medical care was that illness was caused by excessive and bad blood, one of the best sources of treatment was to cut someone and let them bleed out the excess blood, or to use leaches. It sounds bizarre and barbaric to modern ears, but even as recently as the 18th century, leeching was a central part of medical care. None of this is meant to disparage the field of medicine; it wasn’t that long ago that we believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Instead, now the average physician’s assistant in Austin, TX knows more about the fundamental medical and scientific facts of medical care than was known only a few hundred years ago to the most educated and experienced doctors.

This wasn’t because people in the past were stupid, and not because we’re uniquely intelligent in human history. Some of the most intelligent and prodigious people died hundreds of years ago. For sheer brilliance and insight Isaac Newton may never be passed in Physics, yet the average physicist at the University of Texas at Austin, TX knows more facts about physics. We’ve continued to built our fields of knowledge and improve our means of testing and observation. Medical care is better than it’s ever been because doctors now can learn from the mistakes of previous generations and test theories more accurately and quicker than ever before. One of the most confounding variables in medical care is that most diseases are self terminating, in most cases when someone get sick, they will get better again, so if you have no other means to test the efficacy of a type of medical care you’re going to get a lot of false positives.

When you walk into the doctor’s office with persistent migraines and associated conditions, they don’t prescribe bloodletting or leeching to treat your condition. Instead, in today’s day and age, medical care is a lot more specific and believes in fewer silver bullet cure-alls. It’s not assumed that all bad conditions are caused by ill humors or other vague medical beliefs; we know that the body is interconnected, but also know that the same thing to treat muscle cramps might not treat respiratory conditions. For the average person in a modern city like Austin, TX medical care has gotten so good it should almost seem magical. Medicine used to be an ill defined art more than a hard science, and to an outsider it can seem artistic in how effective it is, and how we continue to learn more and more about the human body and how to treat it.

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