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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: The history of medicine

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 2, 2016 9:00 AM
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An old surgical kit at the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Museum/Museum photograph

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 2, 2016:

In a historical hotspot like Pennsylvania, many pride themselves on local and national history knowledge; but what do you know about the history of medicine? Moreover, what do you know about the history of medicine specific to Central Pennsylvania? This is type of history you won't find in typical textbooks.

We'll learn more about this history of medicine and focus on its relationship to Central Pennsylvania on Tuesday's Smart Talk.

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The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation was founded in 1982 in Lancaster. Since then, it has been studying, cataloguing and curating historical artifacts. The foundation, which also has a virtual museum, has focused on medical history as a whole, but has specifically targeted its surrounding Lancaster County, preserving priceless historical artifacts for years to come.

Joining us on Thursday's Smart Talk are Donna Mann, the museum's curator, and Dr. Nikitas Zervanos, the president of the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation, to discuss the history and taking questions about the past and future of medicine.

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Donna Mann & Dr. Nikitas Zervanos

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-02-02 09:49

    Manuel in Carlisle emails:

    My great grandmother suffered with “a nervous condition” and in her diary she spoke of her husband taking her for her regular “hysteria” treatment and how much better she felt after them. After research, I found out what these treatments were, and had to laugh at the status of women’s medicine long ago and how far along we’ve come.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-02-02 09:51

    Art emails:

    When did the use of leeches to treat medical conditions come into practice, and how was their use first discovered.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-02-02 10:06

    Michelle emails:

    Can your guests speak on the topic of maternity care moving from the home into the hospital?

  • Scott LaMar img 2016-02-02 15:26

    Rick ask...
    Could you please ask your knowledgeable guests to discuss the 19th and 20th century procedures and the primitive equipment used to resuscitate victims of drowning and respiratory arrest prior to the development of CPR.

  • Robert D Colgan img 2016-02-02 17:10

    There is a long history --- a very prominent history--- of homeopathy in PA with medical schools based on this very different energetic medicine in both Philadelphia and Allentown.
    Drs Hering and Hahnemann were instrumental in advancing this now neglected (rejected?) form of treatment that for years was widely practiced. Presumably it declined as doctors increasingly moved toward the allopathic model and its pharmacopia.

  • Scott LaMar img 2016-02-03 08:28

    Dr. Michael Born adds...
    Leeches are used in modern-day medical practice in the management of replanted digits. Sometimes there is no venous outflow but good arterial inflow. Leeches are attached to the replanted part. They remove venous blood and inject a blood thinner called hirudin. Leeches are used for 3-5 days after replantation and may allow survival of the replanted part. York Hospital keeps leeches in their pharmacy for use in this scenario.

  • Scott LaMar img 2016-02-03 08:29

    Drew writes...
    Approves for certain use by FDA, has been used for centuries. Provide wound cleaning AND disinfectant (not disease carrying).

  • Scott LaMar img 2016-02-03 15:21

    Dr. Edwards P. Schwentker comments...
    Before there were effective antibiotics chronic draining bone infections (chronic osteomyelitis) was often and effectively treated with specially cultured maggots. Maggots would consume dead tissue but leave normal tissue alone. This therapy was used at the State Hospital for Crippled Children which was located in Elizabethtown in the 1930s.