In part two of the series, we will pick up where we left off, at the dawn of the age of laparoscopy. This episode will introduce some of the innovators that pushed forward the technology and we'll learn about some of the obstacles that they had to overcome. Finally, we will get to the present day, and set up for the third part in the series on the future of laparoscopy!
This is the first of a three part series exploring the history of laparoscopy, starting with the very earliest attempts to peer inside the human body, and leading up to the current day, with an eye to the future. This podcast will look at the evolution of endoscopy, including some of the pioneers that pushed the technology forward, and will end with the first laparoscopies performed on living patients.
In honour of Canada Day, this episode takes on a Canadian national hero, Dr. Norman Bethune. But there is more to the story, as this mercurial and controversial surgeon became famous not only for his operating ability, but his politics and involvement in some of the most significant wars of the 20th century.
Today's episode covers the Nobel prize winning surgeon Dr. Alexis Carrel, considered by many to be one of the fathers of vascular surgery and transplantation. His innovations greatly influenced these fields, but his ideology and associations during world war II cast a shadow over his legacy. His life story is a fascinating one, so have a listen!
This episode describes the works of Rene Le Fort, creator of the Le Fort classification of mid face fractures and describes the strange methods he used for his experiments. The descriptions are pretty graphic, so be warned! We also cover his uncle Leon and his contributions to surgery, along with some other interesting trivia.
This episode covers the life and works of the thoracic surgeon, Dr. Henry Heimlich, who not only created the famous maneuver that bears his name, but a number of other creations as well. He is a character not without controversy, but endlessly fascinating!
In this episode, we explore Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration for his legendary character, Sherlock Holmes, the famous Scottish surgeon Dr. Joseph Bell. We will learn about his life and character traits that were the foundation of that literary figure, as well as learn a little about Conan Doyle himself!
In honour of Nurse's Week, this episode covers the life of Florence Nightingale, with a particular focus on her impact on the British Army during the Crimean War. Come learn about the Lady with the Lamp!
In this episode, we explore the long history of the Caesarean section, find out why it really is not named after Julius Caesar, and meet some of the physicians who helped to perfect this common operation, including Dr. Hermann Pfannensteil, all in honour of Mother's Day!
In this episode, we'll learn about Dr. Henri Hartmann, thefamous French Surgeon from the late 19th century and early 20thcentury that devised a well known operation. We will also cover hislife and some other interesting facts about his work.
In this episode, we will trace the origins of the anesthetic drug chloroform, as well as discuss two famous physicians and two famous patients associated with it!
In this episode, we will detail the lives and discoveries of the three Krukenberg brothers, with a focus on the Krukenberg tumour and the Krakenberg procedure, and their impacts on medicine and surgery.
In this episode, we'll explore the history behind one of the most common surgical procedures done on major league baseball players, describing the first patient and his surgeon that created the operation.
In this brief bonus episode, we explore the reasons why OR attire switched from white to green (or blue)!
For the April Fool's day edition, we explore the life story of Ferdinand Demara, one of the greatest impostors of all time, and his time posing as a naval surgeon, even operating on the high seas during a war!
This episode traces the origin of the physical exam sign called the Sister Mary Joseph nodule, and tells the life story of the nun behind it, as well as her connection to the famous Mayo family!
In this episode, we explore the life story of the one-eyed Irish surgeon Dr. Denis Parsons Burkitt, and learn how his missionary work in Africa influenced his life and sent him down the path to make not one but two major scientific discoveries.
In this first in the series on the history of surgical instruments, we learn about William T. Bovie, the eccentric inventor behind the electrosurgery instrument that has come to be known by his name, as well as his partnership with the famous surgeon Dr. Harvey Cushing.
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.
This episode explores the events of the fateful day of October 16, 1846 at the Ether Dome in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as some of the principal characters involved. The history of early anesthesia is also described, and we discuss an agent that goes from party drug to critical medicine!
Hello everyone, and welcome to the podcast series "Legends of Surgery"! This first episode consists of an introduction to the show, my plans for it and my intent for the content. Please follow the show on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook. Feel free to send us an email at LegendsofSurgery@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you!