Keeping Moose Jaw current

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It was this day 134 years ago that Thomas Edison announced one of his greatest inventions, the phonograph.

On Nov. 21, 1877 the famous American inventor presented a device capable of both recording and playing sounds. It was the beginning of an era, which lead from innovation to innovation — from the gramophone to the record player, to the cassette player to the compact disc player, and finally to the modern day iPod and other MP3 devices.

While technology certainly has improved significantly over the generations since Edison created his breakthrough device, the basic principle has remained the same — from 19th Century analogue to 21st Century digital.

Likewise, in the realm of health care there have been significant technological achievements throughout the decades. What is achievable now was mere science fiction 50 years ago, and would have been unimaginable 150 years ago. Medical science certainly has come a long way since the days of bloodletting or homeopathy.

And while some methods have been disproven over time, as other technologies and techniques have come into practice, the basic purpose of medical science remains the same — to save lives, extend lives and improve the quality of lives.

Thank goodness for Moose Jaw Union Hospital and the Five Hills Health Region. If the Friendly City is to remain a healthy city with a healthy future, then access to modern professional science-based health care is absolutely paramount.

With the provincial government’s recent announcement of a new hospital project to replace the current facility by the end of 2015, the task of providing residents access to the latest in medical services is soon to be underway.

Of course, key to maintaining local health-care facilities with the best medical equipment possible is the fundraising work of the nonprofit Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF), which each year through various events raises money so as to add improvements to the hospital.

Over the weekend, MJHF hosted its annual Festival of Trees at Heritage Inn. This year, the goal of the fundraiser is to purchase state-of-the-art electrosurgical units to help cancer and surgical patients, as well as buy items for patient care for the medicine unit.

Electrocautery is a surgical technique that involves introducing high frequency current to a specific area of the body in order to remove unwanted tissue such as cancer, seal off blood vessels or create a surgical incision.

However, just because the Festival of Trees fundraiser is over doesn’t mean one cannot still support MJHF and its local cause. For more information or to donate, call 694-0373 or visit www.mjhf.org.

Technology in an evolving animal that dwells in the environment of human invention. As devices for recording and playing sound have improved over time and will continue to do so, so too is the nature of our species’ medical marvels.

Moose Jaw is very fortunate to have an organization such as the Health Foundation working to keep this city current with such marvelous medical devices.

 

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

 

Organizations: Health Foundation, Moose Jaw Union, Heritage Inn

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Friendly

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  • Karen Wehrstein
    November 22, 2011 - 11:29

    I suspect the editorial writer knows nothing more about homeopathy than what he or she has seen on bad TV. Interesting little historical note: homeopathy rose in part as a reaction against bloodletting. Its founder, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) rightly decried bloodletting as a barbaric mockery of medical care. In this context: "the basic principal has remained the same" -- it's spelled "principle."

  • Manon Larose
    November 22, 2011 - 10:54

    I am glad you are proud of your city and it's new medical facility. I like to hear people underlining positive efforts made by their community. But that is not why I write. Your comment about Homeopathy was sadly misleading. Homeopathy, unlike bloodletting, is still alive and well. Used by plastic surgeons to heal incisions better and faster (and at a much lower cost) than the drugs used conventionnally. Used by knowledgeable physicians in cases where drugs are not the appropriate approach to their patient's illness. Used by trained Homeopaths, of course. It is a medicine that is safe and effective and widely used. Your new hospital would greatly be enhanced by having a few well trained Homeopaths on staff. Allopathic and Homeopathic medicines are great complements to each other.

  • Laurie Willberg
    November 22, 2011 - 05:52

    "Medical science certainly has come a long way since the days of bloodletting or homeopathy."?? Huh? Homeopathy is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide -- it's one of the fastest growing medical disciplines, not to mention the fact that it is a regulated health profession in the province of Ontario. Suggest you do a bit more research before making such erroneous statements.