The power of modern medicine in 10 cases

The story of modern medicine is told every day on Figure 1. In tens of thousands of images, we see snapshots of technology, innovation, and incredible skill at work to save human lives. Here are 10 cases that offer a glimpse of what healthcare professionals do every day around the world — and what they share with each other on Figure 1.

An emergent therapy called ex-vivo lung perfusion is used to improve organ quality prior to transplantation;Here’s a tutorial on how to rebuild a human skull

A human skull that will be rebuilt. Mesh has been applied to provide stability and a framework for soft-tissue reconstruction.

  1. …which sometimes involves 3D printing a prosthesis or model;

  2. Even the heart can be replaced by an artificial heart;

  3. And beds can rotate patients who need to be prone;

  4. A patient’s small veins can be sewn to reconstruct a damaged part of an inferior vena cava;

  5. A prosthetic ear looks just like the real thing, even including earrings;

  6. A patient can swallow a camera to see inside their GI tract;

  7. A device that remotely monitors cardiac rhythm;

  8. And the patient’s blood can be removed, oxygenated by a machine using ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation), and pumped back into the body.


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