Being A Surgeon 's Scalpel Essay

755 Words Dec 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Kelcie Freeman
Mrs. Abrams
English I
15 November 2016
Being a Surgeon Have you ever been under a surgeon’s scalpel? If so, you were informed of all the risks before undergoing that surgery. Your life was in their hands and you gave them all your trust. Surgeons definitely have stressful lives and sometimes have to do their job efficiently on only 4 hours of sleep. Although it is a difficult job to have, most will say that after saving a life it’s all worth it. Today, surgeons have high income, long work days, are highly educated, and will contribute to the future of medicine. Surgery in the past was very painful and dangerous due to risk of infections. Today, none of us question these common medical procedures because we believe it is the quickest way to recovery. But when technology and science wasn’t nearly as advanced as today, most patients would die during surgery. The first forms of anesthesia were ether or chloroform. Both helped put patients to sleep and help manage pain. Due to so many dying from infections, in the 1800s and 1900s, doctors and scientists used germ theory to learn how to prevent and kill germs. Even with this advance in medicine giving patients lowered risk of infection and pain, there were still multiple deaths from blood loss. Soon after, they found ways to use blood transfusions and antibiotics which greatly improved the safety of surgery (Science Museum Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine) To be qualified as a…

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