Power Trip: The Story of Energy

The Horrors of Surgery Before Energy

Clip: 05/11/2020 | 1m 42s | Video has closed captioning.

Before modern energy, surgery in hospitals was a nightmare. Doctors would drip hot wax from candles into open wounds. Patients might survive the surgery but would frequently die from infection during recovery. After modern medicine gained electricity, fossil fuels for plastics and pharmaceuticals, running hot water and stainless steel, surviving surgery became more likely.

Aired: 05/11/20

Rating: TV-PG

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