Organ and tissue examination has vastly improved from its humble beginnings as a way to examine the processes that takes place in areas where the eyes can’t see. Before, whole bodies are examined in order to determine the cause of death and the progress of diseases. Today, people don’t have to wait for dead bodies to fall in order to examine the real cause of the sickness, we may simply look into a certain part of the human body and find out whether that part is functioning properly.
From the earlier uses of organ and tissue examination to the modern ways on how it contributes to the society, we will take a look at the evolution of organ and tissue examination by tracing where it began and where it will lead into.
The beginnings of tissue examination started with Giovan Battista Morgagni. Hailed as the father of modern anatomical pathology. Morgagni grew up in Italy, but when he turned 16, he moved to Bologna to study philosophy and get an advanced look in medicine. In 1704, he helped produce the work of Antonio Maria Valsalva who wrote the Anatomy and Diseases of the Ear. Morgagni added notes that helped people know more about how the ear works. He was promoted to handle the chair of anatomy.
The renowned scientist worked on describing post mortem findings, founding the earliest form of the autopsy. He wrote down important information about the anatomical conditions using his precision and determination to find out the cause.
In the 1800s, William Osler used Morgagni’s writings to create the John Hopkins medical School Model that is still being used in education today. The autopsy became the center of attention in this type of program and Osler performed thousands of autopsies in order to determine the causes of death amongst those that he had examined.
By the 1910s, Richard Clarke found proof through autopsies that more than thousands of patients die on a yearly basis due to improper clinical diagnoses. Over the years, medical advancements would allow us to see deeper within our bodies. Biopsies are now being conducted to determine and evaluate diseases like cancer and inflammatory conditions.
Today, we can take a look at the bone marrow, inside the lungs, liver, and prostate thanks to the biopsy tools that are found in medical hospitals. Having the right tools allows us to see more into our bodies, giving us a good insight on the processes that occur within us.
From the scalpel to advanced microscopes, there are now a variety of Anatomic Pathology Supplies available in the market. Some gadgets allows even those at home to find out about their cell count just by using a small device. These types of devices are frequently used by those suffering from a type of diabetes. Small devices like a blood sugar monitor examines the condition of our blood to determine whether we are suffering from diabetes. In the future, we can expect more advances to come. Although brand new technology can be expensive, it will only take a while before they become available and within reach