People Who Made a Difference in Health Care

  1. Hippocrates  460BC - 377BC) - Hippocrates was a great doctor of ancient Greece. Through his careful examination of patients, treatments and success rates he was able to vastly improve medical practise and treatment. He built up one of the great libraries of medical science in Kos. Also credited with the Hippocratic oath which is still sworn today by medical practitioners which includes among other things to do everything in the doctors power to save a life.
  2. Florence Nightingale (1820-191) - Pioneering nurse who helped change attitudes to nursing and the treatment of the wounded. Also undertook statistical analysis of different hospital procedures.
  3. Clara Barton (1821-1912) - A nurse in the civil war, Clara Barton helped improve treatment of wounded soldiers. After working with the international Red cross in Europe, she returned to US where she set up the American Red Cross.
  4. Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) - Through her work as a nurse in New York's Lower east side in 1912, Margaret Sanger worked hard to improve birth control practise to prevent unwanted pregnancies. This ground breaking shift in attitude led to the foundation of the American Birth Control League.
  5. Mary Seacole (1805-1881) A pioneering nurse from Jamaica who travelled to England and eventually funded her own passage to the Crimea to help in the treatment of the wounded soldiers on both sides.
  6. Marie Curie (1867-1934) - Development of Radiotherapy and X Ray
  7. Alexander Fleming - Discovery of Penicillin
  8. Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield's. Taken together for their joint invention in magnetic resonance imaging, which allows doctors to see inside a patient's body without cutting it open first.
  9. Sir James Young Simpson - discovered use of chloroform - one of first anaesthetics and used it in medical practise
  10. Louis Pasteur - Developed many antidotes to dangerous illness' such as rabies
Others
  • Edward Jenner - developed inoculation for smallpox, which led to future inoculations for many infectious diseases.
  • Elizabeth Fry - Although best known for her work in improving conditions in prison, Elizabeth Fry also set up a pioneering operation to train nurses in Victorian Britain. This

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