Blog | Monday, May 10, 2010

What Your Kids Will Never See

This post by Toni Brayer, FACP, originally appeared at Everything Health.

The one thing we can all agree on is that nothing stays the same. We marvel at the customs and habits of our great grandparent's era and everything looks so grainy and antique. But Victrolas gave way to record players, CD players, and Sony's Walkman, which all yielded to the iPod.

Here are a few things that we baby boomer physicians took for granted that our kids and grandkids will never see, except in old photos:

--thermometers that need to be shaken
--glass reusable syringes
--nurses' hats

Add these medical marvels to the list that includes a rotary phone, a pay phone stand, and eventually any land line phone. Medical students are using their phones not only to access medical knowledge, but to generate it. Smartphones can record and diagnose patient's coughs, or take their pulse.

I no longer have an ice man or a milk man. (I did see an ice-cream man the other day.) Let me know what I've missed. What are some things medically related or otherwise that your kids or grandkids will never know except for old photos?

Toni Brayer, FACP

Toni Brayer, FACP, is an ACP Internist editorial board member who blogs at EverythingHealth, designed to address the rapid changes in science, medicine, health and healing in the 21st Century.