Monday, April 12, 2010

Machines in Medicine

While the most important factor for health care is still the human factor, a.k.a. the doctors and other medical practitioners, technology does help...a lot. That's more so for my field, Ophthalmology, where a typical doctor's clinic would at least consist of a slit lamp and an ophthalmoscope. We now have phaco machines and microscopes. I am interested in what ophthalmologists during the time of Dr. Jose Rizal did in order to diagnose and treat eye disorders.

For acne therapy, I just came across blue light therapy. I do not know if it is already available locally, but I guess I'm a bit too late for that. If this were available, say, 20 years ago, I might have tried it. But, well, I guess it's just really not for me.


Diipo said...

Hi Workingmom, no doubt the human factor comes first; our opthamologists still practice with basic tools here and I am not yet blind.

theworkingmom said...

Yes, of course, the human factor IS a big factor. All the instruments in the world will not compensate if the doctor does not know what he is doing.

But what we call "basic instruments" nowadays are not so basic back in the 1800's.

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