Again, due to his hand-washing practices, death rates dropped to less than 1% in his hospital, but remained as high as 15% elsewhere. Semmelweis’s ideas were recognised in Hungary, but not in Vienna, where he was ridiculed. He published a book explaining his ideas in 1861 and sent it to other countries. His discoveries were not accepted. Semmelweis had a breakdown in 1865.
Public health in the middle ages compared with the Roman times is just nonexistent for example the Roman had Aqueducts, fresh water, latrines and sewers however in the middle Ages the people would get their water, from rivers. As well as rivers being water supplies they also worked as sewers where people discarded their waste. These people didn't understand about hygiene and clean water like the Romans. The dirty water resulted in cholera outbreaks and other diseases colonizing. Medical training kind of got better in the Middle Ages because doctors could train in purpose built universities were ran by the church.
Next we have Mr. Wilson, another heart attack survivor, was also given a choice. His options were not as attractive as Mr. Miele’s. Mr. Wilson was given the option of either going to The Brooklyn Hospital center or Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center a city run Hospital that serves three of Brooklyn’s poorest neighborhoods. By the way neither of the two hospitals offered to Mr. Wilson, had state permission to do an angioplasty, a procedure that our beloved Mr. Miele would receive at Tisch. Last but not least, in the eyes of few, we have Mrs. Gora, a heart attack survivor who was not given a choice of hospitals to attend.
Although Florence Nightingale and her work in Scutari did have influence (in both the Crimea and England) she did not have a major impact in improving the medical care of soldiers during the Crimean war. Nightingale is perceived to have had a major impact in the Crimean in improving the medical conditions of the soldiers in the Crimean war, however this is not the case. Nightingale is said to have been running a “death camp” before the sanitary commission arrived and it is also said that in the winter of 1854/55 5,000 men died of bad hygiene and ventilation in Nightingale's base hospital Scutari. It is said that it wast until the sanitary commission arrived in march 1855 that the conditions at Scutari increased. With all that said (even if she didn't deserve that credit she got and it would be better used elsewhere in Mary Seacole) she still had a huge influence on nursing and future improvements via Nightingale training school for nurses.
Workhouses were set up giving poverty stricken people a place to live, work, and receive food and medical attention. Conditions within these institutions were quite horrific, leading to them becoming a last resort for families in need, who seen them as the ultimate degradation (workhouses.org.uk). Over time some of the workhouses developed into hospitals or Poor Law infirmaries as they were known. It was here that people who had no means in which to pay for medical care could receive free treatment. Other types of hospitals also existed at this time:- A limited amount of Municipal Hospitals were also in place, these were run by the local authorities and over time began taking control over the poor law infirmaries.
Flowers for Algernon was published in the late 1960’s when few treatments for mental deficiencies were available, and for many years prior to that the mentally handicapped were merely institutionalized and removed from the rest of society, as there was no solution to integrate these people into “normal” society. They were often placed in state run facilities which would take care of them. Many of these patients would be forced to live their entire lives in these facilities alienated from the rest society. Later on the concept of deinstitutionalization was created which was based on the idea of integrating and reintegrating mentally challenged persons into the community. This would seem to be a much more humane treatment of these people to give them a shot at a regular life, but is it really what is best for some of these individuals who may have difficulty adapting and surviving in the outside world.
September 16, 2010 “Unhealthy” Essay It is so disturbing after watching the film Sicko to find how a lot of hospitals and health insurance companies treat the patients that cannot afford health insurance. I knew that the healthcare field was a complete mess, but I never would have dreamed that some hospitals would literally dump them on the street with no medical help. Everyday people continue to amaze me, how they value money over everything, including for some, and their own lives. The United States healthcare industry seems to decline more each year, compared to other countries. I have to admit, before watching Michael Moore’s documentary, Sicko; I did not have the slightest clue how terrible the United States healthcare industry was.
Why did the discoveries of the renaissance make little practical difference to medical treatment in the period C. 1500- C. 1700? Even though medical knowledge improved vastly, the discoveries of the Renaissance did not make a significant contribution to the improvement and understanding of medical treatment for many reasons. There was a plague epidemic in London in 1665, the treatments used were similar to those used in 1348. Ordinary medical treatment continued to be based on the Four Humours and people also believed that a king’s touch could cure them of tuberculosis. Charles II (1630–1685) touched over 8,000 sufferers of the disease in one year.
On Washing Hands Response The first time reading On Washing Hands, I really didn’t understand what point Gawande was trying to get across. Gawande was listing a bunch of deadly diseases, and I was wondering how they pertained to washing your hands. As you read further, in the short story, the author mentions two million Americans acquire an infection while they are in the hospital and ninety thousand die of that infection (Gawande 343). The main cause of this is people not washing their hands. It took me a while to piece together all the information.
The Overlooked Connection between Social Needs and Good Health summary of findings from a survey of america’s physicians December 2011 health care’s blind side Summary of FINDINGS A national survey reveals that physicians believe unmet social needs are directly leading to worse health for Americans — and that patients’ social needs are as important to address as their medical conditions. Medical care alone cannot help people achieve and maintain good health if they do not have enough to eat, live in a dilapidated apartment without heat or are unemployed. Physicians report that their patients frequently express health concerns caused by unmet social needs beyond their control. This is health care’s blind side: Within the current