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Legends of Surgery

Legends of Surgery is a podcast that tells the stories of the people and events that make up the history of modern surgery, told in an informal, entertaining and educational manner.
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Jun 3, 2016

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!

May 27, 2016

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!

May 13, 2016

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!

May 6, 2016

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!

Apr 29, 2016

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. 

Apr 22, 2016

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!

Apr 16, 2016

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.

Apr 8, 2016

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.

Apr 5, 2016

In this brief bonus episode, we explore the reasons why OR attire switched from white to green (or blue)!

Apr 1, 2016

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!

Mar 25, 2016

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!

Mar 11, 2016

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.

Mar 6, 2016

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.

Feb 26, 2016

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.

Feb 21, 2016

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.

Feb 13, 2016

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!

Feb 5, 2016

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.

Jan 31, 2016

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!

Jan 25, 2016

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!

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