Contrary to the publicized image of the upbeat patient joking with surgeons, Ronald Reagan lost half his blood and came within seconds of dying in 1981 when he was gunned down. His true condition was concealed from the public for nearly 30 years. npr.org/2020/10/05/920020…
In World War 1, Nobel prize winning physicist Marie Curie developed mobile X-Ray stations to travel to the frontlines and assist army surgeons and preventing amputations when limbs were still intact. It's estimated that over a million wounded soldiers were x-rayed with her units. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In the 5th century BC, diabetes was first identified by a surgeon named Sushruta who pointed out that the urine of diabetics was sweet enough to attract ants and sticky to the touch. He noted that diabetes affected rich castes and was related to the excessive consumption of rice and sweets ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Indian surgeons were performing successful rhinoplasties as early as 600 BC. They'd slice an upside-down nose shape from your forehead skin, twist it around, and insert hollow bamboo sticks for you to breathe through. ispub.com/IJPS/3/2/7839
The world's first implantable pacemaker patient, Arne Larsson, went on to receive 26 different pacemakers during his lifetime. He died in 2001, at the age of 86, outliving the inventor as well as the surgeon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Today I learned about Rolando Sanchez, a former general surgeon from Tampa, FL. who in 1995, amputated the wrong leg of a diabetic patient (claiming it to be a clerical error) and, just 5 months later, unnecessarily removed the big toe of another patient during a debridement procedure on her right foot. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
African surgeons are often advised to treat hippo bites as a crushing injury rather than a penetration wound, due to the severity of damage to bones and internal organs. A majority of hippo attack survivors are left with a disability. Amputations are very common. academic.oup.com/omcr/art…
β€œStopped” was the last word of British surgeon & anatomist, Joseph Henry Green (1791 - 1863), while feeling his own pulse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Sushruta, the first known plastic surgeon specialized in rhinoplasty i.e. nose reconstruction. This was important in ancient India as convicted criminals and women accused of adultry had their noses amputated as a mark of untrustworthiness. Rhinoplasty offered them a chance to escape the stigma. ancient.eu/sushruta/
Today I learned of Mamitu Gashe, an Ethiopian woman who suffered from an obstetric fistula as a teen. She remained at the free hospital where it was repaired to help out with chores. Over time her responsibilities grew, until she became one of the leading surgeons in her field without formal medical education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam…
Medieval European monks were required to maintain their tonsure (bald spot), and each monastery would usually hire or train a barber. Being skilled with razors, barbers would also perform surgical procedures for the monks. They would eventually be recognized as the first 'barber-surgeons'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
There are people alive that do not have a heartbeat. A Texas heart surgeon (and amateur magician) invented a fake heart that continuously pushes blood through the heart instead of pumping it. popsci.com/science/articl…
A British surgeon named John Lockhart-Mummery was so influential in the field of colorectal surgery, which deals with the rectum, colon, and anus, was nicknamed "King Rectum" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about Aleen Cust, the first woman veterinary surgeon in the UK and Ireland. She practiced as a vet for 25 years before she was officially recognised by the RCVS. During this time, she owned her own practice and volunteered at the front lines of WWII treating horses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The story of Dr. Zbigniew Religa, A pioneer in human heart transplantation in Poland, he led the team that performed the first successful heart transplantation in the country, and in June 1995 he was the first surgeon to graft an artificial valve created from materials taken from a human corpse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbi…
Today I learned of the "God Committee," a group of 7 American citizens chosen in 1961 to decide which patients needing dialysis received it. A lawyer, minister, banker, housewife, state official, labor leader, and surgeon had to chose who in their community would live as dialysis machines had just been invented healthaffairs.org/do/10.1…
Today I learned of Dr. Robert Liston, the "fastest knife in the West End.", who could amputate a leg in 2,5 minutes. He was a highly sought after surgeon, but also a show off, which led to some mishaps: he once accidentaly cut a patient's testicles off while trying to amputate his leg theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Victor Prather, a surgeon involved in developing space suits, ascended in a balloon to an altitude of 21 miles in 1961. He survived the freezing journey of 10 hours. He fell into the sea when rescued by a helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. His suit filled with water, and he drowned. stratocat.com.ar/stratope…
A retired American heart and lung surgeon has patented a scuba suit that would allow a human to breathe β€œliquid air”, like in the movie The Abyss. He has simulated 1000 foot dives with mammals and has decompressed them in less than half a second with no decompression sickness. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Today I learned that brain surgeons sometimes check their work by testing the patient's brain function while they are sl on the operating table. In February 2020 a patient was asked to play the violin while the surgeon cut away at her brain tumor. cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
Jean-Pascal Danneels, a 34 y/o French veterinary surgeon, was a passenger on an airliner that crashed into the Atlantic and disintegrated more than a mile offshore from CΓ΄te d'Ivoire. He survived the impact, swam for four hours in darkness to the shore and lived. gettyimages.ie/detail/new…
Jan De Doot became a minor celebrity in early modern Netherlands after he became so frustrated with barber-surgeons he decided to remove his egg-sized bladder stone at home with a knife. Carel van Savoyen painted his portrait, depicting De Doot proudly holding the stone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
The first true and complete remote surgery was conducted on 7 September 2001 across the Atlantic Ocean, with the surgeon in New York City operating on a 68-year-old female patient 6,230 km away in Strasbourg, France. It was named Operation Lindbergh. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
:Elderly patients 23% more likely to die if surgery is on the surgeon’s birthday psychnewsdaily.com/elderl…
A French surgeon first started wearing blue scrubs during surgery in 1914 because he discovered it reduced eye strain for doctors working endless hours during WWI. "Ciel Blue" became standard once surgery was videotaped in the 1970s and white scrubs conflicted with the white lights. considerable.com/entertai…
"The Great Impostor" Ferdinand Demara posed as a surgeon aboard a Navy destroyer in the Korean War and was forced to perform surgery on 16 people. He proceeded to speed-read a textbook on general surgery and was able to successfully perform all the surgeries without anyone dying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Lenses implanted in the eye following cataract surgery, are the result of a surgeon realizing shrapnel from a WW2 windshield lodging in a pilot's eye did not cause an infection or show signs of tissue rejection. airspacemag.com/military-…
The bypass grafting procedure (bypass) surgeon pioneer RenΓ© Favaloro, committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart. academic.oup.com/eurheart…
Arthur Conan Doyle loosely based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a Scottish surgeon who was known for his skills in observation. Dr Bell would often pick a stranger, and by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. He was considered a pioneer in forensic science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The man believed to be the richest drug lord of all time died while getting plastic surgery to alter his appearance. The two surgeons that performed the procedure were later found dead, encased in concrete inside steel drums, with their bodies showing signs of torture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
House of Angostura, known for its bitters, was founded by Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin-Siegert, Surgeon-General for SimΓ³n BolΓ­var's army in Venezuela en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
In 1996 during an SAS training exercise 21 year old Bear Grylls broke his back after falling from 16,000 feet due to a torn parachute. His surgeon said it was questionable whether he would ever walk again. 2 years later he climbed Mt. Everest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I Learned that simply washing your lenses with soapy water prevents them from fogging when you wear a facemask and that this is a common technique used by surgeons and others in the operating theatre. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1942 a dental surgeon from Pennsylvania USA wrote to the White House suggesting the use of incendiary bombs attached to bats, what ensued was $2 million dollars in research and a burnt down Air Force base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Dr. Mary Walker, an abolitionist, suffragist, surgeon, and the only female Medal of Honor recipient. She advocated for women to wear what they wanted. She’d often get arrested for wearing men's clothes, though she insisted "I don't wear men's clothes, I wear my own clothes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Robert Liston (1794-1847), a pioneering Scottish surgeon known for his speed when operating - he could remove a limb in two and a half minutes - once accidentally cut off his patient's testicles in an overly enthusiastic amputation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Rene Favaloro, a Pioneering Surgeon, in 1967 took a section of vein from the patient’s leg and sewed one end to his aorta, Performing the first documented coronary bypass operation, used until today in the whole world. academic.oup.com/eurheart…
In the 1537, Ambroise ParΓ©, a barber surgeon in Paris, used a mixture made of egg yolk, oil of roses and turpentine to treat war wounds, as he has ran out boiling oil, which was the standard treatment method at that time. This incident is one of the earliest record of an unplanned trial ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The complex behaviour of Surgery can be taught by "Clicker" training; maintaining the accuracy of a traditionally trained Surgeon, although the surgery typically takes longer. link.springer.com/article…
James Barry - a military surgeon, born in 1789, who did first successful caesarean section in Africa, was a female. history.com/.amp/news/the…
Today I learned about Lynlee, the baby that was born twice. Pediatric surgeons, removed her from the womb to cut out a tumor on her spine, placed her back and several weeks later Lynlee was born healthy bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Today I learned of Baron Dominique-Jean Larrey, a military surgeon for Napoleon. He pioneered the first field ambulance that rushed into combat to carry both friend and foe to be medically treated. He was a humanitarian who believed in treating enemy soldiers with dignity and compassion. hekint.org/2017/01/22/bar…
UK surgeon Simon Bramhall marked his initials with an argon beam on the livers of two of his patients. A colleague saw β€œSB” on a liver during a follow-up surgery. The marks aren't believed to be harmful to the liver but Bramhall pleaded guilty to assault. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Back in February a woman played violin during brain surgery so the surgeons could observe the parts of her brain she used to do so and avoid damaging her ability to play cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead." atlasobscura.com/articles…
The real MASH surgeon Hawkeye Pierce was based on was a hawkish conservative who hated Alan Alda's portrayal. history.com/news/why-the-…
Surgeons at a Dental College in India removed a "well-defined bag-like mass" from the jaw of a 7-year-old boy. It weighed 7 ounces and contained 526 teeth. It took a medical team five hours to meticulously search through and count all of them. npr.org/2019/08/02/747614…
The surgeon who pioneered organ transplant proved it by sewing dogs heads to other dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
A US soldier wounded by a bomb got the first ever penis and scrotum transplant in a 14 hr surgery in 2018 called "vascularised composite allotransplantation", which means a transplant of skin, bone, muscles, tendons, blood vessels. Surgeons say he should be able to regain sexual function. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Angostura bitters recipe was developed as a tonic by Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, a German surgeon general in SimΓ³n BolΓ­var's army in Venezuela. The exact formula is a closely guarded secret, with only one person knowing the whole recipe, passed hereditarily.[ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…

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