It’s that day of the year again – an excuse to drink a few pints of Guinness and to play all the great Irish pop hits that we have been blessed with.
In aid of St. Patricks day, we have taken a look at honouring some of Ireland’s finest people within one of our specialist sectors – medical technologies.
Francis Rynd, a Dublin born doctor, made a huge contribution to medical science with the development of the first-ever hypodermic syringe. In 1844 he administered the world’s first ever pain-relieving injection.
Although his experimentation may not have been accepted now, without it, medicine may not have been able to progress to where it is currently. Since Dr. Rynd’s invention, the syringe has come a very long way and the worldwide market is estimated at $12-13bn annually.
John Joly, born in Co. Offaly in 1857, is most well-known for his development of radiotherapy for cancer treatment. In 1914 he developed the method of using radium to treat cancer by using a hollow needle for deep radiotherapy, which is now used globally. This was called the ‘Dublin method’.
In addition to this, John Joly was a geologist who, in 1898, estimated the age of the earth.
Thirdly, Frank Partridge, a cardiologist born in Co. Down in 1916. Dr Partridge introduced the modern system of CPR for early treatment of cardiac arrest. He then went on to develop this into mobile coronary care, thus transforming emergency medicine through the creation of the portable defibrillator.
So on this St. Patricks day, we praise these great Irish scientists, but I’m sure we will have a Guinness too.
Sources: Siliconrepublic, Our Ireland