10 Greatest Medical Discoveries


“0 Greatest Medical Discoveries Of All Time NUMBER 10: Penicillin In 1928, scientist Alexander Fleming left
a number of petri dishes uncovered in his lab while he went on holiday. Upon his return,
he discovered that bacterial mould had grown in some places but not in others. What had prevented the mould from growing
further was the presence of a substance that would later be developed into penicillin. Today, penicillin is one of the world’s
most widely used drugs, prescribed to treat a great variety of bacterial infections. The
New World Encyclopedia estimates that approximately 200 million lives have been saved by its discovery. NUMBER 9: IVF In 1977 a pioneering procedure took place,
which resulted in the birth of Louise Brown – the first ever human conceived through In
Vitro Fertilization. The breakthrough had been made possible by
Dr. Patrick Steptoe, who had been the first person to safely remove eggs from a woman’s
ovaries. Using physiologist Robert Edwards’ knowledge
of how to fertilize an egg outside of the body, Steptoe managed to successfully implant
the zygote into Louise’s mother, Leslie Brown. Since then, fertility treatment has helped
allow over 5 million babies to be born worldwide. NUMBER 8: Anesthesia The introduction of anesthesia has completely
transformed surgery. For much of history, surgeons would operate
on fully conscious patients. They would saw through limbs in less than a minute, as the
strapped-down amputee howled in agony. Many different substances have since been
used as anesthetics, with the greatest amount of progress in the practice occurring in the
19th century. Opium, ether, chloroform, and even cocaine have all been trialed in surgery. Modern anesthesia has allowed for much longer
surgical procedures. For example, in 1951, doctors in Chicago performed a 96-hour operation
to remove a giant ovarian cyst… the longest operation ever performed. NUMBER 7: GERM THEORY Prior to the 19th century realization that
illness was caused by microorganisms, no one knew the importance of good hygiene. Even
doctors were known to walk straight from autopsies to the maternity ward without washing their
hands. Numerous figures were instrumental in the
development of germ theory. In 1854 English doctor John Snow linked a cholera outbreak
to a particular water pump in London, suggesting a link between contaminated water and disease. Microbiologist Louis Pasteur [loo-wee pas-turr]
later proved germ theory in laboratory conditions, followed by surgeon Joseph Lister, who pioneered
the introduction of sanitary hospital environments. NUMBER 6: X-Rays X-Rays were discovered by accident in 1895
by physicist Wilhelm Röntgen, while he was experimenting with different rays of light. Within a month of his discovery, several hospitals
in Europe and the United States had constructed X-ray machines and – only six months later
– the invention was being used by battlefield physicians to locate bullets in wounded soldiers. Today, X-Rays are among the most significant
pieces of equipment at a doctor’s disposal, being used to detect fractures, diagnose cancers,
and also in dental surgery. In 1901 Röntgen was awarded the first Nobel
Prize in Physics. NUMBER 5: DNA First identified by Friedrich Miescher in
1869, DNA contains all of the genetic information that determines an individual’s distinctive
traits. The discovery of DNA’s double helix structure
was first noted in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick, using photographs taken by
Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins. The increased medical comprehension of DNA
has led to a much better understanding of numerous diseases. It has opened doors for
the practice of gene therapy, which could be used to treat debilitating conditions such
as Cystic Fibrosis or Alzheimer’s. NUMBER 4: Blood Types In 1900 Austrian scientist Karl Landsteiner
became the first person to successfully identify the O, A and B blood types. He was awarded
the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine as a result. Landsteiner’s discovery led to an understanding
of how a human’s immune system would attack the foreign substances contained within an
incompatible blood donation. Using this information, the medical world
was able to create an infinitely safer system of blood transfusions. Today there are 14.6 million blood transfusions
a year in America alone. NUMBER 3: Smallpox Vaccination Smallpox was one of the deadliest diseases
of all time, killing somewhere between 300 and 500 million people in total. In the late 18th century, Edward Jenner developed
the idea of a vaccination against the disease, after he noticed that milkmaids exposed to
cowpox were unable to contract smallpox. Following his preliminary experiments – including
one on his own 11-month-old son – the use of smallpox vaccinations soon became widespread.
The World Health Organization declared the disease eradicated in 1980. This paved the way for further developments
in vaccinations against other diseases. NUMBER 2: Insulin With increasing obesity rates and diabetes
now affecting 371 million people worldwide, the importance of insulin’s discovery is
becoming ever more prominent. In the early 20th century, Type 1 diabetes
was effectively a terminal diagnosis, with dietary regulation only having a very limited
impact. Diabetes is caused by the body’s incapacity
to regulate the production of insulin. In 1921 scientists from the University of Toronto
managed to isolate the insulin hormone for artificial production. The following year, 14-year-old Leonard Thompson
became the first human to receive an insulin injection, saving his life. Sources: World Health Organisation, CBS News,
Diabetes.org. NUMBER 1: HeLa Cells When Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer
in 1951, she had no idea how vital samples of her cells would be to the future of medicine. Known as ‘HeLa Cells’ or ‘the immortal
cell line’, Henrietta’s cells were a medical first, as they were able to be cultured indefinitely
for use in experiments. Scientists have used them to further our understanding
of cancer, HIV and the human body in general. They were an instrumental factor behind the
development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s and, consequently, have been credited with
saving millions of lives. However, controversy surrounded the cultivation
of HeLa cells, as Henrietta and her family were not even aware that the sample had been
taken.

100 thoughts on “10 Greatest Medical Discoveries

  1. Some issues I would like to point out:

    Number 10: No such thing as Bacterial Mold, it was a Fungal Mold that had killed the Bacteria in fleming's petri dish.

  2. Insulin saved my life. Insulin would come from pigs and cattle.  I love those animals.  If I didn't know and love the Lord Yeshua I would worship the pig.  But I give all the glory to God.  As far as the pig, I show my love and respect for this animal by eating it.  I especially like the ribs.  The back ribs called the baby back ribs.  I used to eat them like they were going out of style.  I would go to all u can eat rib restaurants and eat racks of them.  They would often start you off with one rack then the reorders were about a quarter of a rack.  I once ate 10 reorders at Beefsteak Charlie's.  Those were the days.  Today I have gotten stomach surgery, the sleeve.  So I haven't tried yet but I bet I could eat a quarter rack.  I will some day.  Some day I will open an all u can eat rib restaurant with my brother.  We will have both beef and pork ribs and the baby back ribs.I'm sorry I was just dreaming out loud.  What did you ask me?

  3. Well we have not discovered any new antibiotic in decades.
    Doctors and Scientist estimate that the misuse of medicines and antibiotics widely is going to lead to a SuperBacteric by 2050, which will be resistant to any drug we have used so far, and it will lead to deaths of 10 millions people a year, thats a person every 3 seconds
    so we really need to fund more antibiotic research in order to create a new antibiotic medicine
    and stop using sanitizers and medicines irresponsibly

  4. 1:55
    Actually, ancient Indian Texts have hugely mentioned of microorganisms,
    It even goes as far as to say that where there is water, there is life even in the tiniest of forms
    Indian People already knew that bacteria existed, and that plants were living organisms long before any Western Scientist discovered it.
    That's why we had advanced medical treatments in ancient India and even today, the world's first surgery was performed in India. look up 'Sushruta Samhita'
    you will learn that India was already ahead of the West in Medical Fields

  5. I'm type 1 diabetic, also called juvenile diabetes as the symptoms usually occurs during childhood, which means that my pancreas does not secret insulin so I can't manage my blood sugar levels and blahdiblah. Anyways, cool thing is that I'm Torontonian 🙂

  6. What no listing of the lobotomy? The first and still best way to permanently alter someones behavior and personality. Still performed in most countries and winning the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1949. Shame on you.

  7. what about the cure for brain tumors? they inject the polio virus into the tumor and the body attacks it, killing both the cancer and the polio.

  8. Great list. Though I suggest #1 should have been replaced with organ transplants.

    Interestingly, I actually donated blood today. For the 3rd time ever.

  9. Yay. Insulin. As a type one diabetic (which has nothing to do with obesity), I'd be dead without my insulin. Literally

  10. what if none of these life saving things were SUPPOSED to happen …… what would the world look like today if things hadn't gone how they did. better or worse? I'm just rambling here, not implying anything, it's just a crazy thought to think about…. could you imagine the differences…. i can't even if i try to….

  11. All the discoveries are equally important to our human race to make the world a little bit better! Stay innovated and motivated people.

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  14. You can make a very reasoned argument that Edward Jenner, the inventor of vaccination, is responsible for saving more lives than any other human being before or since. Not bad for a humble English country doctor living in the late eighteenth century.

  15. Stopped watching after "bacterial mold." If you don't know the difference between bacteria and mold, why should I believe that anything in this list is accurate?

  16. they used calloidal silver before antibiotic treatment & it's better but people could make it at home & not enough money could be made from that. I havnt taken antibiotics for 8yrs as the siver has been more affective especially when I had the super bug stapholococus meningitis which healed in a week. Kills everything by electrocution

  17. "If our courts of law ignored the evidence the way religions do, we would still be living in a jungle. If doctors and hospitals did it, we would not go to the hospital."-an excerpt from "The Present" on the truth contest site (google it). What it says can turn this world right side up, and it is the truth the evidence supports.

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  19. Fasting Quotes
    Historical and modern day quotes on the value of fasting.
    Below are some of the best fasting quotes from both modern medical and health professionals as well
    as famous historical figures. History shows us that fasting was considered a natural therapy for so many
    of the ails of the past.
    Modern professionals are telling us the same is still true; that fasting will alleviate a host of ailments
    that plague us in our modern world.
    The fasting quotes are divided into four categories: Historical, Modern M.D.s, Other Health
    Professionals, and Religious Writers and Figures.
    Historical
    "Fasting is the greatest remedy– the physician within."
    Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine
    "Instead of using medicine, better fast today."
    Plutarch, a Greek biographer and moralist
    "The best of all medicines is resting and fasting."
    Benjamin Franklin
    "Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within
    each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness."
    Hippocrates, one of the three fathers of Western medicine
    "A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best
    doctors."
    Mark Twain, in My Debut As a Literary Person
    "Nature heals, the doctor helps!"
    Paracelsus, writing about activating
    the "doctor inside", or our own healing nature
    "Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast."
    G.B. Shaw, writer
    "Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor."
    Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 B.C.
    Modern M.D.s
    "I believe that fasting is the "missing link" in the Western diet."
    "From a medical point of view, I believe that fasing is not utilized often enough."
    "…. fasting is one of the best overall healing methods because it can be applied to so many conditions
    and people."
    "Fasting is the single greatest natural healing therapy. It is nature's ancient, universal 'remedy' for many
    problems. Animals instictively fast when ill."
    all from Elson Haas, M.D. in Staying Healthy with Nutrition
    "Due to [the] effects of fasting, a fast can help you heal with greater speed; cleanse your liver, kidneys,
    and colon; purify your blood; help you lose excess weight and water; flush out toxins; clear the eyes
    and tongue; and cleanse the breath."
    James F. Balch, M.D., in Prescription for Nutritional Healing
    "Therapeutic [water] fasting accelerates the healing process and allows the body to recover from
    serious disease in a dramatically short period of time."
    "Fasting, combined with nutritional competence, removes the most significant causes of disease."
    "Therapeutic fasting is not a mystical or magical cure. It works because the body has within it the
    capacity to heal when the obstacles to healing are removed. Health is the normal state. Most chronic
    disease is the inevitable consequence of living a life-style that places disease-causing stressors on the
    human organism. Fasting gives the body an interlude without those stressors so that it can speedily
    repair or accomplish healing that could not otherwise occur in the feeding state."
    "The job of fasting is to supply the body with the ideal environment to accomplish its work of healing."
    "The body's wondrous ability to autolyze (or self-digest) and destroy needless tissue such as fat,
    tumors, blood vessel plaque, and other nonessential and diseased tissues, while conserving essential
    tissues, gives the fast the ability to restore physiologic youth to the system. By removing or lessening
    the burden of diseased tissue, including the fatty tissue narrowing the blood vessels, fasting increases
    the blood flow and subsequent oxygenation and nutrient delivery to vital organs throughout the body."
    all from Joel Fuhrman, M.D., in Fasting and Eating for Health
    "Man is the only 'animal' who persists in eating when he is sick, even though he may have no appetite
    and food makes him nauseous."
    "Fasting is a calming experience. It is restful. It relieves anxiety and tension. It is rarely depressing and
    it is often downright exhilarating."
    Alan Cott, M.D., from Fasting: The Ultimate Diet
    "Fasting is the strongest appeal to the human being's natural powers of healing and self-rejuvenation,
    on both a spiritual and corporeal level."
    Heinz Fahrner, M.D.
    "I often observe in the fasting participants that by four days of fasting, concentration seems to improve,
    creative thinking expands, depression lifts, insomnia stops, anxieties fade, the mind becomes more
    tranquil and a natural joy begins to appear. It is my hypothesis that when the physical toxins are cleared
    from the brain cells, mind-brain function automatically and significantly improves and spiritual
    capacities expands."
    Gabriel Cousins, M.D. (psychiatry)
    "Although beginning my practice in fog-covered medical superstition, I came to the conclusion that
    only nature can practice medicine."
    "I contend that during illness feeding becomes a burden to the sick. It uses energy that otherwise would
    be used to fight the illness."
    both from Dr. Edward Dewey
    "I must say in all seriousness that fasting when combined with a properly selected diet is the nearest
    approach to a 'cure-all' that is possible to conceive– profoundly simple and simply profound!"
    John Tilden, M.D.
    "Religious ascetics, who led their lives abstaining from food, came to the conclusion that fasting
    improved not only their spiritual state, but also their physical condition, and through fasting many
    diseases could be cured."
    Dr. Inamura Motoo
    "I assert that fasting is the most efficient means for correcting any disease."
    Adolph Mayer, M.D., from his book Fast Cures – Wondercures
    "Fasting creates a condition of low concentration of toxic wastes in the circulatory system. This is
    sensed by the plasma membrane of each cell and each cell will then let go of its load of toxic wastes."
    Ron Kennedy, M.D.
    Other Health Professionals
    "Fasting is like being a gifted sculptor who knows how to take
    areas of fatness and thinness and give them proper form."
    Otto Buchinger, Jr.,
    director of a fasting clinic
    "The practice of fasting tacitly acknowledges the fact that ours is
    a self-healing organism. Healing occurs naturally if it is allowed;
    improper or excessive food simply thwarts the natural ongoing healing processes. Forcing a sick person
    to eat 'to keep up his strength' overlooks the fact that digestion uses up strength too: more often than
    not, the available strength is better used for healing the problem at hand than for digestion."
    Annemarie Colbin, from Food and Healing
    "I do not think it is possible to over-emphasize the fact that the physical sensations of fasting are, for
    the most part, far more pleasurable than the real or illusory delights of feasting."
    Herbert Shelton, in Fasting Can Save Your Life
    "We must restore fasting to the place it occupied in an ancient hierarchy of values 'above medicine'. We
    must rediscover it and restore it to honor because it is a necessity."
    Buchinger Clinics
    "The skin becomes more youthful [during fasting]. The eyes clear up and become brighter. One looks
    younger. The visible rejuvenation in the skin is matched by manifest evidences of similar but invisible
    rejuvenescence throughout the body."
    Herbert Shelton, water fasting overseer
    "When we fast, energy is freed for a thorough housecleaning of the system. The body becomes lighter,
    more flexible; the mind becomes clearer and more creative. Greater intuitive powers may develop and
    deep spiritual insights may be experienced after a period of time. A feeling of well-being arises when
    the energy is freed in this way — problems suddenly become solutions and ideas flow from nowhere."
    Kripalu Center for Holistic Health, from their book The Self-Health Guide
    Religious Writers and Figures
    "Fasting is a natural method of healing. When animals or savages are sick, they fast."
    Paramahansa Yogananda
    "The purpose of fasting is to loosen to some degree the ties which bind us to the world of material
    things and our surroundings as a whole, in order that we may concentrate all our spiritual powers upon
    the unseen and eternal things."
    Ole Kristian O. Hallesby, in Brief Biography
    (courtesy of dailychristianquote.com)
    "Fast because it is good for you…[it can be an] exercise to get the body in shape to be alive to itself.
    This process frees the self to be more sensitive to the Creation, to ourselves, and to our histories."
    Christian Century magazine
    "Prayer brings us halfway to God, fasting takes us to the gateway of heaven."
    Muhammad
    "Fasting is the soul's nourishment, it reins in language and seals one's lips, it tames desire and calms the
    choleric temperament. It awakens consciousness, renders the body docile, dispels nightly dreams, cures
    headaches and strengthens the eyes."
    John Chrysostom, one of the early founders of the Christian Church
    "Seek the angel of fresh air, the angel of water, the angel of sunlight, and the angel of the earth, and
    invite them to stay with you throughout the fast!"
    from the writings of the Essenes
    "When you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrits." "Be honest, be sincere. Fast for honest and
    truthful purposes."
    Book of Matthew

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    Scientists’ Comments On The Scientific Miracles In The Holy Quran:

    The Following Are Some Comments Of Scientists1 On The Scientific Miracles In The Holy Quran. All Of These Comments Have Been Taken From The Videotape Entitled This Is The Truth. In This Videotape, You Can See And Hear The Scientists While They Are Giving The Following Comments. (To View The RealPlayer Video Of A Comment, Click On The Link At The End Of That Comment. For A Copy Of This Videotape, Please Visit

    1) Dr. T. V. N. Persaud Is Professor Of Anatomy, Professor Of Pediatrics And Child Health, And Professor Of Obstetrics, Gynecology, And Reproductive Sciences At The University Of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There, He Was The Chairman Of The Department Of Anatomy For 16 Years. He Is Well-Known In His Field. He Is The Author Or Editor Of 22 Textbooks And Has Published Over 181 Scientific Papers. In 1991, He Received The Most Distinguished Award Presented In The Field Of Anatomy In Canada, The J.C.B. Grant Award From The Canadian Association Of Anatomists. When He Was Asked About The Scientific Miracles In The Quran Which He Has Researched, He Stated The Following:

    “The Way It Was Explained To Me Is That Muhammad Was A Very Ordinary Man. He Could Not Read, Didn’t Know [How] To Write. In Fact, He Was An Illiterate. And We’re Talking About Twelve [Actually About Fourteen] Hundred Years Ago. You Have Someone Illiterate Making Profound Pronouncements And Statements And That Are Amazingly Accurate About Scientific Nature. And I Personally Can’t See How This Could Be A Mere Chance. There Are Too Many Accuracies And, Like Dr. Moore, I Have No Difficulty In My Mind That This Is A Divine Inspiration Or Revelation Which Led Him To These Statements.”

    Professor Persaud Has Included Some Quranic Verses And Sayings Of The Prophet Muhammad In Some Of His Books. He Has Also Presented These Verses And Sayings Of The Prophet Muhammad At Several Conferences.

    2) Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson Is The Chairman Of The Department Of Obstetrics And Gynecology, Professor Of Obstetrics And Gynecology, And Professor Of Molecular And Human Genetics At The Baylor College Of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Formerly, He Was Professor Of Ob-Gyn And The Chairman Of The Department Of Ob-Gyn At The University Of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He Was Also The President Of The American Fertility Society. He Has Received Many Awards, Including The Association Of Professors Of Obstetrics And Gynecology Public Recognition Award In 1992. Professor Simpson Studied The Following Two Sayings Of The Prophet Muhammad :

    {In Every One Of You, All Components Of Your Creation Are Collected Together In Your Mother’s Womb By Forty Days…}2

    {If Forty-Two Nights Have Passed Over The Embryo, God Sends An Angel To It, Who Shapes It And Creates Its Hearing, Vision, Skin, Flesh, And Bones….}3

    He Studied These Two Sayings Of The Prophet Muhammad Extensively, Noting That The First Forty Days Constitute A Clearly Distinguishable Stage Of Embryo-Genesis. He Was Particularly Impressed By The Absolute Precision And Accuracy Of Those Sayings Of The Prophet Muhammad . Then, During One Conference, He Gave The Following Opinion:

    “So That The Two Hadeeths (The Sayings Of The Prophet Muhammad ) That Have Been Noted Provide Us With A Specific Time Table For The Main Embryological Development Before Forty Days. Again, The Point Has Been Made, I Think, Repeatedly By Other Speakers This Morning: These Hadeeths Could Not Have Been Obtained On The Basis Of The Scientific Knowledge That Was Available [At] The Time Of Their Writing . . . . It Follows, I Think, That Not Only There Is No Conflict Between Genetics And Religion But, In Fact, Religion Can Guide Science By Adding Revelation To Some Of The Traditional Scientific Approaches, That There Exist Statements In The Quran Shown Centuries Later To Be Valid, Which Support Knowledge In The Quran Having Been Derived From God.” ⤵
    3) Dr. E. Marshall Johnson Is Professor Emeritus Of Anatomy And Developmental Biology At Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. There, For 22 Years He Was Professor Of Anatomy, The Chairman Of The Department Of Anatomy, And The Director Of The Daniel Baugh Institute. He Was Also The President Of The Teratology Society. He Has Authored More Than 200 Publications. In 1981, During The Seventh Medical Conference In Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Professor Johnson Said In The Presentation Of His Research Paper:

    “Summary: The Quran Describes Not Only The Development Of External Form, But Emphasizes Also The Internal Stages, The Stages Inside The Embryo, Of Its Creation And Development, Emphasizing Major Events Recognized By Contemporary Science.”

    Also He Said: “As A Scientist, I Can Only Deal With Things Which I Can Specifically See. I Can Understand Embryology And Developmental Biology. I Can Understand The Words That Are Translated To Me From The Quran. As I Gave The Example Before, If I Were To Transpose Myself Into That Era, Knowing What I Knew Today And Describing Things, I Could Not Describe The Things Which Were Described. I See No Evidence For The Fact To Refute The Concept That This Individual, Muhammad, Had To Be Developing This Information From Some Place. So I See Nothing Here In Conflict With The Concept That Divine Intervention Was Involved In What He Was Able To Write.”4

    4) Dr. William W. Hay Is A Well-Known Marine Scientist. He Is Professor Of Geological Sciences At The University Of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. He Was Formerly The Dean Of The Rosenstiel School Of Marine And Atmospheric Science At The University Of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. After A Discussion With Professor Hay About The Quran’s Mention Of Recently Discovered Facts On Seas, He Said:

    “I Find It Very Interesting That This Sort Of Information Is In The Ancient Scriptures Of The Holy Quran, And I Have No Way Of Knowing Where They Would Come From, But I Think It Is Extremely Interesting That They Are There And That This Work Is Going On To Discover It, The Meaning Of Some Of The Passages.” And When He Was Asked About The Source Of The Quran, He Replied: “Well, I Would Think It Must Be The Divine Being.”

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