The 60’s has its share of progress that has affected the lives of people today. Advancements in the field of science and medicine have led to many lives saved and enjoying longer, healthier lives. Here are just some of them.
The decade has shown different advances in the field of medicine. There were advances in vascular surgery, the methods in operating on veins, arteries and most especially the heart. There was also a advances in neurosurgery which involves better the development of techniques in brain and spinal cord operations. Medical science also improved in the field of organ transplants during the 60’s. It was during this decade that the first heart transplant was successfully done. The development of roller pump by Michael DeBakery in the 60’s has made open heart surgery possible. And also, certain advancements in chemotherapy also led to better and more effective ways in fighting cancer.
There are also notable discoveries in the 60’s that has helped contribute to a better way of life today. It was during the 60’s that scientists discover that Thalidomide, the common drug used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women, also caused birth defects in women who use them. Studies is smoking during the 60’s revealed that the habit increased the risk of developing lung and stomach cancer. Scientists were also able to develop anti-virus vaccines that led to better treatments of viral infections among many people.