Why would we ever read a book called Why You Should Store Farts in a Jar & Other Oddball or Gross Maladies, Afflictions, Remedies, and Cures? It’s the same reason we watch Discovery channel’s Untold Stories of the ER. Bizarre medical anomalies and outrageous surgical procedures are more interesting than what we read about or see on run-of-the-mill hospital dramas. Why society once believed that dead mouse paste could cure toothaches or that crocodile dung could be used as contraceptive (Egypt) is simply more fascinating than the McDreamy story arc on Grey’s Anatomy. …Not even Sir Kenelm Digby’s “Powder of Sympathy” could have saved Dr. Derek Shepherd from those car crash wounds.
From leeching and bloodletting to tonics and curious cures, the history of medicine is filled with all sorts of non-scientific oddities. And while most peculiar medical treatments are nothing more than footnotes in the annals of health care, there are still unconventional surgeries being done today that are reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Doctors may no longer prescribe arsenic, maggot therapy, snake oil, or moldy bread, let alone a diet of cocaine or laudanum, but they support uterus transplants and “tooth in eye” surgeries. Here are 10 types of surgeries you won’t believe exist.
10 Throat Transplant
8 Tongue Removal
7 Sweat Stopping
5 Pregnant Pelvis Widening
4 Cutting Off Lower Body
2 Tooth-In-Eye Surgery
1 Uterus Transplant
Doctors in Sweden have performed nine successful uterus transplants. Five of the nine transplants resulted in birth. All the women were in their 30s and either born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer. While doctors have been increasingly transplanting hands and faces, womb transplants push the frontier of medical research.
In March, a 26-year old woman named Lindsay was the first woman to get a uterus transplant in the U.S. Unfortunately, Lindsay experienced a complication and the uterus had to be removed. Lindsay’s uterus transplant is the first of ten planned by the Cleveland Clinic, and despite its initial failure the hospital is going forward with the trial.
Sources: NBCnews.com, IrishTimes.com, News-Medical.net, ABCNews.go.co
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