|01||The Dialysis Machine||20010702|
The artificial kidney means that people with renal failure have a good chance of survival, but the early machines were cumbersome and largely built by the patients themselves.
|02||The X-ray Machine||20010703|
The first x-rays taken may have seemed miraculous, but it was opposed by doctors who had always depended on their eyes and ears for diagnosis, and the machines scared patients.
The electro-cardiogram has helped diagnose heart disease in millions, but the early versions were heavy, cumbersome and restricted to medics who could afford to have them specially designed.
|04||The Iron Lung||20010705|
In the middle of the last century, thousands of patients suffering from respiratory failure could spend years trapped in an iron lung, their entire body encased and only their head visible.
|05 LAST||The Fetal Heart Monitor||20010706|
When the fetal heart monitor was first used, it was seen as a way of preventing babies dying during childbirth, but opposition grew as doctors used it to justify medical intervention during labour.