The State of Care: Historical, Contemporary, and Forward-Moving
The Whipple procedure. The Apgar Score. Bacitracin. Blood banking. Identification of cystic fibrosis. First surgery in utero. Organ transplantation. First human retinal cell transplants. Leadership of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” Treatment for a lethal form of bacterial meningitis. Vasopressin to treat vasodilatory shock. Bright light therapy to treat seasonal depression. Vaccine that eradicated Rh disease in newborns.
These are just a few of the historical signposts that chart the legacy of patient care at VP&S since its founding in 1767. Standing on the shoulders of VP&S figures who forever changed health care, current VP&S faculty continue to pioneer new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, from the delivery room to the ICU, from the bedside to the doctor’s office, from the operating room to labs.
The featured stories in this issue show what’s possible now and hint at the advances—AI, stem cells, genomics—that may transform health care in the years to come.