In this episode, we explore a little-known corner of surgical history: doctors that have operated on themselves! We review some of the known literature and describe 3 episodes of surgeons operating on themselves, as well as their life stories.
For the President's Day edition, the topic is current Republican presidential nominee Dr. Ben Carson. We explore the life and times of the famous paediatric neurosurgeon, and cover a couple of his most famous cases in detail.
Most people have heard of Dr. Joseph Lister and know his name is synonymous with antisepsis. But we dig deep into the details to understand how he came to make his great discovery, as well as learn about his other works and more about the man himself!
In this episode, we detail the life and works of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, and his crucial discovery of the importance of hand washing that saved countless mothers from 'childbed fever'. We also explore the difficulties he had in having his work appreciated, so much so that the term 'Semmelweis reflex' was coined.