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…
In 2016, partner surgeons Dr Darrell Cass and Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye successfully operated on a 23 week old baby by removing her from the mother’s womb, removing a tumour and then replacing her back in the womb. She was born a second time, healthy and on time. edition.cnn.com/2016/10/2…
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…
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…
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/…
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 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…
After the Battle of Aspern-Essling (1809), the surgeon of the Napoleonic Army Larrey, lacking salt, seasoned a horse meat bouillon for the wounded under his care with gunpowder. It was also used for sterilization in ships when there was no alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Surgeons had to remove 78 forks & spoons from a women's stomach, who had been complaining about stomach pains portugalresident.com/woma…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The real MASH surgeon Hawkeye Pierce was based on was a hawkish conservative who hated Alan Alda's portrayal. history.com/news/why-the-…
Today I learned about Mongolian surgeon Sergelen Orgoi who developed low cost liver transplant technique which cost only 3-5k usd only. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Alexis Carrel, a surgeon who pioneered vascular sutures after other doctors claimed the French president Sadi Carnot could not have been saved after being assassinated with a knife en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The Surgeon General of the United States is technically a Vice Admiral and wears a uniform similar to the one used by the US Navy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
Today I learned about Lakshmi Tatma, an Indian girl born with four arms and four legs. Named after a Hindu goddess often depicted as four-armed, the girl became worshipped, and a circus offered to buy her. After a 27-hour surgery done by thirty surgeons, done for free, Lakshmi's extra limbs were removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
The U.S. Surgeon General found that smoking caused more than 20 million premature deaths in the United States between 1965 and 2014 hhs.gov/sites/default/fil…
The Oxford English Dictionary wouldn't have been what it is today if not for an insane American Civil War surgeon who cut his penis off. He contributed thousands of quotations and word entries by writing from an asylum. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
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…
The male British military surgeon who performed the first C-section in which both mother and baby survived in 1826 was born a female embryo.asu.edu/pages/marg…
During surgery on a 60-year-old woman, Italian doctors discovered one of the first heart prostheses - an artificial mitral valve - which was implanted almost 50 years ago when the patient was 10, by Christiaan Barnard, the surgeon who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant theguardian.com/world/201…
The US Surgeon General actually carries along a Vice Admiral title wikipedia.org/wiki/Surgeo…
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…
Dr. Shawn Baker, a California-based orthopedic surgeon, promotes the carnivore diet, where one eat animal products only. So, no vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, or any starches self.com/story/im-a-regis…
A Barber Surgeon was one of the most common jobs during the Middle Ages. Surgery was seldom conducted by physicians, but instead by barbers, who, possessing razors and coordination indispensable to their trade, were called upon for numerous tasks ranging from cutting hair to amputating limbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Even before the surgeon general issued his report on the dangers of tobacco, Mad Magazine went on an anti-smoking crusade ridiculing big tobacco, as agencies, and even smokers. Also before it became law, Mad Magazine's offices were smoke free and none of their content featured smoking. newyorker.com/culture/cul…
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…
Jean-Baptiste Denis, a physician, and Paul Emmerez, a surgeon, performed the first documented xenotransfusion (transfer of blood from one species to another, usually between a non-human animal and a human) on June 15, 1667. The transfusion occurred between a lamb and a 15-year-old boy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen…
Barbers in the Middle Ages performed surgery such as limb amputation, bloodletting and tooth pulling in addition to cutting hair. They were known as β€˜barber surgeons’ and the red and white barber pole signified blood and bandages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about James Barry (born Margaret Bulkley), an esteemed military surgeon who reformed medical standards across the British Empire. He performed one of the 1st C-sections where both mother & child survived. After Barry's death in 1865, it was discovered his assigned sex at birth was female. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Surgeons removed 27 contact lenses from a 67-year-old woman's eye. She's quoted to have thought that the discomfort was just a part of aging. After an initial "lump" of 17 lenses was removed during prep for cataract surgery, 10 more were discovered. nytimes.com/2017/07/17/he…
While sliding down the pole in "Jailhouse Rock", Elvis lost the cap off of a tooth. It was discovered that he had aspirated the cap and that it had lodged in his lung. It was successfully removed by a surgeon, who parted his vocal cords to retrieve it movies.elvispresley.com.a…
In 2008 a cosmetic surgeon powered his car with "Lipodiesel", a biofuel made from his patient's fat. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The Caduceus, a staff carried by the Greek god Hermes, became established as a common medical symbol in the United States despite having no connection to medicine. It is believed that this is due to the Surgeon General of the United States confusing the symbol with the Rod of Asclepius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Today I learned about renowned British military surgeon James Barry, a pioneer in the medical field with a career spanning over 50 years. After his death in 1865 the nurse prepping his body for burial noted female anatomy and stretch marks from pregnancy. Barry had been born a woman named Margaret Ann Bulkley. history.com/news/the-extr…
Erich Paulun, a German naval surgeon, founded the Shanghai German medicine school in 1907. Today, Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan relies on this foundation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
A surgeon got arrested for signing his patient's livers with his initials using an Argon beam. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Right after President William McKinley was shot in September 1901 a surgeon was called upon to help him. The surgeon didn't know it was for the president and said,"Don't you see, I can't leave. I am in the middle of a case even if it were for the President of the United States" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Today I learned of the law suit that ensued after Kim Basinger withdrew from starring in the movie 'Boxing Helena', nicknamed 'Chick in a Box'. The storyline involved a surgeon who amputated the limbs of a woman and kept her in a box. Basinger filed for bankruptcy and eventually settled for $3.8M. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
A Lexington, KY, surgeon was sued in 2003 by nine patients when they viewed videotapes of their hysterectomies and found out that Dr. Guiler had "branded" the initials of his alma mater into their uteri during the procedure. wave3.com/story/1141325/n…
A WWI soldier injured in France in 1917, went on to marry the nurse that mistook him for a German spy and advised surgeons to take his life on the operating table. He accidentally spoke German to doctors while under a fever, and she took it as spy language. They were married for over 50 years. historyextra.com/period/f…
WWII plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe pioneered the use of saline baths as a treatment for burns after he noticed that pilots who crashed into the sea had faster rates of healing from burns than those who crashed on land historynet.com/guinea-pig…
Today I learned of Ben L. Salomon, a U.S. Army dentist during WW2, assigned as a front line surgeon. When the Japanese started overrunning his hospital, he took action, allowing the safe evacuation of the wounded and killing as many as 98 enemy troops before being killed himself during the Battle of Saipan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned about Dr. Joseph Lister, who was the first doctor to understand the concept of "germs" and why surgeons should wash their hands before operating. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Captain Thomas Custer earned one of his two Medals of Honor by seizing a Confederate flag after being shot in the face. He showed the flag to his brother, Brigadier General George Custer, and was promptly ordered to report to the surgeon. Custer was placed under arrest for ignoring the order. businessinsider.com/medal…
To investigate the challenge of emergency surgery in deep space, there have been several zero-g surgery experiments. Surgeons carried out operations on anaesthetised rabbits during zero-g parabolic aircraft flights. Surface tension causes blood to adhere to the surface operated on. bbc.com/future/story/2015…
An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and successfully performed the surgery with all patients surviving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Today I learned of cardiac surgeon Michael DeBakey, who developed MASH hospitals and many new surgical techniques, including the first treatment for aortic dissection. In 2005, he suffered an aoertic dissection and his life was saved by the surgery he invented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In 2002 a Massachusetts orthopedic surgeon left an anesthetized patient with an open incision lying on the operating table while he dashed out to the local bank to cash his paycheck. nytimes.com/2002/08/09/us…
When his girlfriend, Angie Everhart, was getting a minor breast enlargement, Sylvester Stallone entered the operating theater and instructed the surgeon to make them "big but perky", overriding Everhart's instructions independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned of Dr Ted Rummel, an orthopaedic surgeon who uses a stand up wheelchair to operate after a ruptured cyst in his spine left him paralyzed dailyrounds.org/blog/the-…
In 2004, there were only three surgeons serving southern Sudan, with three proper hospitals, and in some areas there was just one doctor for every 500,000 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The surgeon that attempted to save John F Kennedy after his assassination also attempted to save Lee Harvey Oswald after his shooting, and even later performed a cancer surgery on Zapruder, the man who filmed JFK's assassination. richmond.com/news/special…
When President Ronald Reagan has been admitted to a hospital in 1981 due to being shot by John Hinckley Jr., he joked "Please tell me you're all Republicans." To which a surgeon who was a liberal democrat himself replied, "We're all Republicans today." deseretnews.com/top/103/9…
Before the advent of anesthesia, General Surgeons dreaded preforming surgeries, and it was uncommon for patients to talk about their procedures as it could reawaken "suppressed memories of a necessary torture." theconversation-com.cdn.a…
A study performed by the University of Texas has concluded that when surgeons listen to their preferred music, their stitches are better and faster forum.facmedicine.com/thr…
In 1984, a 1-year-old received a heart transplant from a baboon but ended up dying 21 days later due to rejection. When questioned with why a baboon and not a primate more closely related to humans, the surgeon said he didn’t believe in evolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
The United States has 7 uniformed services, including the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, whose officers wear the same uniforms as the Navy and who serve under the Surgeon General wikipedia.org/wiki/United…
Surgeons used to try to speed run their operations - in one instance resulting in a 300% mortality rate for a leg amputation (done in under 2:30) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 1994, the Surgeon General of the U.S. was fired for saying masturbation is "part of human sexuality, and perhaps should be taught." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy…
In the 90s A surgeon practiced head transplants on human corpses, after some success on monkeys, and hoped one day to transplant Stephen Hawking and Christopher Reeve head's to healthy bodies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The first cause of cancer was identified by British surgeon Percivall Pott, who discovered in 1775 that cancer of the scrotum was a common disease among chimney sweeps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
During the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, education about the disease was limited for political reasons. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop ended up infuriating members of both parties after he ordered that every home in America be mailed a letter explaining what AIDS was and how to protect from it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._…
After spending millions of dollars on cocaine, Stevie Nicks had a hole in septum the size of a five cent piece, a plastic surgeon urged her to stop if she wanted her nose to remain on her face telegraph.co.uk/culture/3…
When the former child actor who voiced Charlie Brown was sentenced for stalking his ex-girlfriend and threatening her plastic surgeon, the judge told him "don't be a blockhead" cbr.com/judge-tells-forme…
In 2007, a 73-year-old man underwent surgery and suffered "anesthesia awareness" -- a condition where the patient is conscious and feels pain but is paralyzed and cannot alert the surgeon. The man's resulting PTSD led him to suicide, prompting a lawsuit against the anesthesiologists. foxnews.com/printer_frien…
A man wrestled a bull shark to retrieve his nephew's severed arm, surgeons were able to successfully re-attach the arm. edition.cnn.com/2001/CARE…
Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and Dr. Darrell Cass, both pediatric surgeons, removed a baby from a womb to cut out a tumor, placed the baby back and several weeks later the baby was born healthy. people.com/human-interest…
The longest surgery to date was a 96-hour marathon to remove a 300-lb ovarian cyst from a 600-lb woman. Simply hacking it out would have killed her, so the surgeon gradually drained fluid from the cyst over the course of four days, shrinking it to 100 lb. and allowing for a successful removal. wired.com/2010/02/0204sur…
When James Brady's surgeon was informed of the media's announcement that Brady had died in the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, the surgeon replied, "No one has told me and the patient." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Surgeons were able to drain all the blood from a patient in order to remove clot from the arterie, and keep him alive for 20 minutes by reducing his temperature to 20 degrees celcius. youtube.com/watch?v=APDS3…
A surgeon diagnosed himself with acute appendicitis while part of a Russian expedition to Antarctica in 1961. With no other options, he performed the surgery on himself over 2 hours. bbc.com/news/magazine-324…
Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a 7mm revolver. He walked home, saw doctors but there was no surgeon to remove the bullet. The doctors left him alone smoking his pipe in his room. He died at 37 of infection two days later and his last words were "The sadness will last forever" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
The bacteria salmonella was named after veterinary surgeon Daniel Elmer Salmon but the man who discovered it was Theobald Smith, his research assistant, who named the first salmonella strain in his boss's honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
A surgeon once removed a kidney from the wrong patient after his CT scan results got mixed up with that of a man with the same name who had scans done in the same area on the same day. telegram.com/news/2016101…
In 1997, comedian Dana Carvey underwent heart bypass surgery for a blocked coronary artery, but the surgeon operated on the wrong artery. Carvey, later suffering from angina pectoris, sued for medical malpractice and was awarded millions in damages. He donated the money to charity. abcnews.go.com/Primetime/…
The same eye surgeon botched eye surgeries on two great baroque composers, Bach and Handel. med.wisc.edu/news-and-eve…
Today I learned about Frederick Banting, an orthopedic surgeon and the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering insulin. He was killed in WWII in a military plane crash. nobelprize.org/prizes/med…
An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and all the patients survived. content.time.com/time/spe…
Mary Toft convinced inserted baby rabbits into her vagina and convinced a surgeon that she gave birth to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Alexandre Vattemare, who created the first cultural exchange system between public libraries and museums, was a ventriloquist who trained as a surgeon, but was refused a diploma after making cadavers seem to speak during surgical exercises. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned the medical community uses Liquid Ass to train surgeons and medics for gaping abdominal wounds. thescienceexplorer.com/te…
Today I learned about the 'Wound Man' - a drawing of a man with tens of lesions, insect and animal bites, cuts from weapons etc. It's a sort of table of contents for medieval medical manuscripts, used by surgeons to quickly look for cures and treatment options. publicdomainreview.org/20…
Cato the Younger, a fierce defender of the Roman Republic, committed suicide when Caesar won the Roman Civil War. He fell on his own sword, but botched the attempt. When his son discovered him and brought a surgeon, Cato ripped his own intestines out to prevent them from saving him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
In 1809, a woman diagnosed with an ovarian tumor rode 60 miles on horseback to see a surgeon who was willing to extract it. It had never been done before out of fear it would kill the patient. After the 22.5 pound tumor was removed from her body without anesthesia, she lived another 32 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eph…
Ewen MacDonald was hanged in 1752 but regained consciousness after being taken to the dissection theatre. When the surgeon who was meant to dissect his body discovered the supposedly dead man sitting upright on the operating table, he promptly bludgeoned MacDonald to death with a mallet. books.google.co.uk/books?…
The late Rick Jolly, a British Army surgeon in the Falklands conflict, saved every life under his care, both British and Argentine. He was the only man decorated by both Britain and Argentina for his services in the war. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Today I learned of the most sued doctor in American History Houston orthopedic surgeon ERIC SCHEFFEY also known as Dr. Evil has been sued 78 times. At least five of his patients have died, and hundreds more have been seriously injured. It took 24 years for state regulators and the medical community to stop him. texasmonthly.com/articles…
Surgeons and their staff play music 62-72% of the time while operating on patients eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
Today I learned of Dr. Howard Jones, who in 1978 was forced into retirement due to rigid age restrictions for surgeons at Johns Hopkins. Rather than end his medical career, Jones moved to Virginia, where in 1981 at the age of 70, he performed the first IVF case in the U.S. He died in 2015 at the age of 104. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
A Jones Fracture, a type of athletic foot injury, was first described by surgeon Robert Jones who sustained the injury while dancing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
To avoid radiation damage to eggcells or other sensitive tissue, prior to radiotherapy, surgeons will reposition these organs/tissue elsewhere (higher into the abdominal cavity or sometimes even intra thoracal). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Federico da Montefeltro, fifteenth-century duke of Urbino, after having lost one eye in a tournament had his surgeons successfully amputate the bridge of his nose to widen his field of view. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
In Victorian England, a hospital’s β€œChief Bug-Catcher”- whose job it was to rid the mattresses of lice-was paid more than its surgeons. drlindseyfitzharris.com/2…
During the a battle in 1797, British Admiral Horatio Nelson was badly wounded in the right arm. When he came to the surgeon he said, "the sooner it is off the better," within a half hour of the amputation he returned to command of his forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Plastic surgeons (especially in New York) see a rise in their customers who are parents in the summer when their kids are away at camp or visiting relatives. marketwatch.com/story/par…

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