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MACHINES FOR HEART SURGERY: GIBBON’S OXYGENATOR

Posted on July 30th, 2011, by admin

Gibbon’s extra-corporeal oxygenator consisted of two pumps, one pushing blood through the artificial lung, the other through the body’s arteries. The oxygenator (also known as the film oxygenator) was an arrangement of stainless steel layers which made up a large surface area over which oxygen was blown. The blood was pumped over these screens, where [...]

HOW BDD AFFECTS LIVES:: HOSPITALIZATION

Posted on July 19th, 2011, by admin

BDD commonly leads to hospitalization. Hospitalization occurs for a variety of reasons, including depression due to BDD, accidents, a suicide attempt, or because unsuccessful medical or surgical treatment spurs suicidal thoughts or plans. Nearly 40% of the people in my studies have been psychiatrically hospitalized. Twenty-six percent attributed at least one psychiatric hospitalization primarily to [...]

GETTING MIGRAINE: HEREDITY, MIGRAINOUS PERSONALITY

Posted on July 7th, 2011, by admin

Heredity There is no doubt that migraine is a familial disorder. Estimates of how frequently it runs in families will depend on how widely the term ‘family’ is extended. Even restricted to close (first-degree) relatives such as parents, siblings and children, it is still over 50 per cent more common within than outside the family. Indeed, [...]