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Legends of Surgery

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Rank #158 in Medicine category

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This podcast takes an entertaining and informative approach to telling the stories of the people and events that make up the history of modern surgery.

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This podcast takes an entertaining and informative approach to telling the stories of the people and events that make up the history of modern surgery.

iTunes Ratings

151 Ratings
Average Ratings
135
6
3
2
5

aw99smi

By nailman9 - Jun 17 2019
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great pod. wide ranging content. informative and interesting

Obsessed

By YASSSS SURG - Sep 21 2018
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Informative, succinct, interesting, nice voice.

iTunes Ratings

151 Ratings
Average Ratings
135
6
3
2
5

aw99smi

By nailman9 - Jun 17 2019
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great pod. wide ranging content. informative and interesting

Obsessed

By YASSSS SURG - Sep 21 2018
Read more
Informative, succinct, interesting, nice voice.
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Legends of Surgery

Latest release on Feb 26, 2020

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This podcast takes an entertaining and informative approach to telling the stories of the people and events that make up the history of modern surgery.

Rank #1: Episode 35 - Dr. William Halsted: Father of American Modern Surgery

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In this episode, we will follow the life story of Dr. William Halsted, from his origins in New York, to his drug addiction to cocaine and morphine, and his becoming one of the founding fathers of Johns Hopkins Medicine. We will cover not only his individual exploits in surgery, but also his vast influence on the turning of surgery in America from an unorganized almost self-taught job to a true profession, changing the way surgery is done and taught almost single-handedly. And of course, we'll take a few side roads, looking at the history of Johns Hopkins and cocaine, and more!

Jan 27 2017

23mins

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Rank #2: Episode 3 - The Story of Handwashing

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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.

Feb 05 2016

11mins

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Rank #3: Episode 79 - Cracking the Chest: The Brief History of Resuscitative Thoracotomy

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There are few surgical interventions more dramatic than the thoracotomy - a desperate last-ditch effort to save a failing heart by manual compression. The history of the procedure is a fascinating one, dating back to the 19th century. This became the procedure of choice when a heart stopped, typically during surgery, but was eventually replaced by what we now call CPR. The history of the development of CPR is also covered, and of course, we'll take some interesting tangents. 

May 15 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: Episode 55 - Better know a procedure: the Whipple operation

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In this episode, we will cover the pancreatic surgery commonly known as the Whipple procedure and learn about the life and works of Dr. Allen Oldfather Whipple, the first to successfully attempt the procedure as a single-step operation. As well, we'll describe Whipple's triad, and as always, cover some other interesting medical trivia.

Nov 17 2017

18mins

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Rank #5: Episode 70 - The History of Inguinal Hernias

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In this episode, we will follow the history of the repair of inguinal hernias from ancient times, through the age of dissection, to the Renaissance where we will meet the surgeons that influenced our understanding of the anatomy and pathology of hernias. From there, we will cover the first successful tissue repairs, then move on to the era of mesh repairs, and finally, cover the laparoscopic approach. Of course, we'll take a few tangents and learn some interesting facts about hernias!

Sep 10 2018

27mins

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Rank #6: Episode 66 - R Adams Cowley: Father of Trauma Medicine

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In this episode, we'll cover R Adams Cowley, a surgeon who's single-minded determination reinvented how trauma patients are cared for, and essentially created the field of traumatology. Through his tireless efforts, the state of Maryland created a world-renowned centre for understanding and treating shock in trauma patients. He was an interesting character, to say the least. We will also explore the origins of the concepts of shock as a 'temporary pause in the act of death', and the 'golden hour', the critical window of time to treat shock patients. We'll also review the history of aeromedical evacuation, and of course, some other interesting side stories!

May 11 2018

22mins

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Rank #7: Episode 83 - Halloween Edition: Shiro Ishii and the infamous Unit 731

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In this episode, new host and collaborator for the show, Dr. David Sigmon, tells the horrifying tale of the Japanese surgeon Dr. Shiro Ishii and Japan's infamous Unit 731. While his acts were terrible, they were not only tolerated but encouraged at the time. And both the US and USSR failed to properly prosecute him or his unit. It is difficult to hear some of these details, and the podcast may be too graphic for some, so listener beware. But it is important to remember history, even some of the darker sides of the history of surgery. 

Nov 01 2019

19mins

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Rank #8: Episode 4 - Joseph Lister and Antisepsis

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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 13 2016

16mins

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Rank #9: Episode 22 - The History of Laparoscopy, Part 1: Origins

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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. 

Jul 15 2016

15mins

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Rank #10: Episode 74 - "Time me, gentlemen": The Legend of Robert Liston

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In this episode, we explore the history of Robert Liston, considered "the fastest knife in the west end" of London, in an era before anesthesia. He was also famous for an operation with a 300% mortality rate, and for performing the first operation under ether in Europe. Liston also had many rivals, including a physician that led the charge during the brief and strange history of mesmerism in medicine. 

Nov 19 2018

23mins

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Rank #11: Episode 48 - Better know a procedure: the Nissen Fundoplication

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In this episode, we'll cover the development of the anti-reflux surgery known as the Nissen fundoplication. But there's so much more! The life of Dr. Rudolf Nissen is a fascinating one, and we'll cover his story, including his involvement with one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century, Albert Einstein.

Jul 28 2017

14mins

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Rank #12: Episode 82 - Hugh Hampton Young and the Radical Prostatectomy

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Despite the title, this episode is about far more than just the first prostatectomy performed for cancer treatment. The life of American urologist Dr. Hugh Hampton Young is covered, as well as a little part of the history of prostate surgery. And as a special bonus, there is a mini-podcast in the podcast, covering a famous surgeon of the Wild West, who lived a Forrest Gump-like life! You'll have to listen to the episode to learn more; I hope you enjoy it!

Oct 16 2019

42mins

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Rank #13: Episode 42 - Dr. Harvey Cushing, Part 1: Origin Story

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In this first of two episodes on the titan of neurosurgery, we'll look at his beginnings including his early life, medical school and training, as well as his influential trip to Europe. We'll also cover some of his early impacts on neurosurgery, and of course, take a few side trips of discovery.

May 05 2017

17mins

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Rank #14: Episode 49 - Surgical Families: the Mayo Brothers

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In this episode, we'll cover the story of Will and Charlie Mayo, the brothers that founded what is now known as the Mayo Clinic, a global leader in surgical health care. Their origins will be covered, including the natural disaster that led to the establishment of their practice in Rochester, Minnesota. As well, we'll take a look at how they practiced, and review how their example of collaboration, dedication to patients and humility led to their success.

Aug 25 2017

13mins

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Rank #15: Episode 64 - Dr. Friedrich Trendelenburg

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In this episode, we'll cover the life and works of Dr. Friedrich Trendelenburg. Many may know the name from the "Trendelenburg position", but this German surgeon is known for so much more. We'll cover his other contributions, including his attempts to develop a surgical treatment of pulmonary embolism, and much more!

Apr 08 2018

18mins

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Rank #16: Episode 7 - Better know an instrument, part 1: the Bovie

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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.

Mar 06 2016

12mins

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Rank #17: Episode 65 - Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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In this episode, we'll cover the relatively rare but interesting thoracic outlet syndrome, discussing its anatomy and causes, including cervical ribs. Along the way, we'll follow the history of the discovery of the syndrome as well as meet some famous surgeons involved in its treatment. And of course, go off on a few tangents, including the end of woolly mammoths!

Apr 28 2018

15mins

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Rank #18: Episode 63 - The Heart Lung Bypass Machine

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The heart lung bypass machine replaces the functions of the heart and lungs, allowing surgeons to operate on the heart. Its invention essentially created the specialty of cardiac surgery. Surgeon John Heysham Gibbon Jr. dedicated much of his career to developing this machine. This is that story.

Mar 25 2018

14mins

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Rank #19: Episode 81 - Vesalius and the Birth of Modern Anatomy

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In this episode, we cover one of the most influential books in the history of surgery, the 'De Humane Corporis Fabrica', and its author, Andreas Vesalius. In doing so, we'll also explore the outsized influence of the ancient Roman physician Galen on anatomical knowledge, and the challenges Vesalius faced in shaking the yoke of tradition through empirical evidence. One of the giants of Renaissance medicine, Vesalius laid the groundwork for the modern field of anatomy, and in so doing, modern surgery as well.

Aug 13 2019

22mins

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Rank #20: Episode 14 - Better know a procedure: the Hartmann operation

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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 29 2016

9mins

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Episode 88 - The History of the Parathyroid Gland

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In this episode, we will trace the history of the parathyroid gland, from its identification, to the determination of its function, the understanding of hyperparathyroidism, and of course, the surgical removal of abnormal glands! Along the way we'll meet a Swedish medical student, a rhinoceros, a sea captain, and of course, a number of legends of surgery. 

In the suture tales section, we'll cover the assassination of a famous political figure in the US, and the botched attempts to save his life. Lots of fun and interesting stuff in this episode!

Feb 26 2020

38mins

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Episode 87 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 2: Feud and Reconciliation

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In this 2nd part of a 2-part series on the world-famous cardiac surgeons Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, we cover their life's work, their feud, and eventual reconciliation. In addition, the history of artificial hearts is covered, as well as other topics, including the reason for Jehovah's Witnesses refusing blood transfusions. And in the latest Suture Tales, the Vineberg procedure is brought out of the dustbin of history, given a shake, and covered in detail!

Feb 09 2020

40mins

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Episode 86 - Dr. Nikolay Pirogov - Founder of Field Surgery

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In this episode, Dr. David Sigmon tells us the tale of the Russian surgeon Dr. Pirogov, detailing his early life, including family tragedies that would shape him, his medical and surgical training, as well as his numerous contributions to surgery. Not only did he advocate for anatomy teaching, leading to the publication of an anatomical atlas 'Anatomia Topographia', he made contributions to vascular surgery and was an early adopter of ether for anesthesia. But most importantly, Pirogov brought his skills and knowledge to the battlefields of 19th century Russia, writing the seminal manual 'Principles of War Surgery' and introducing the concept of triage!

As well, this episode contains the latest 'suture tales', covering the history of curare from the jungles of South America to the modern operating room!

Jan 11 2020

36mins

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Episode 85 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 1: Origin stories

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In this episode, we cover the early lives and career beginnings of the famous cardiovascular surgeons Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley, up to their joining Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Of course, we will take a number of side roads on the journey to cover some interesting related history. As well, this episode introduces the new segment, "Suture Tails", where we cover a topic suggested by listeners. So please send in your ideas!

Dec 11 2019

30mins

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Episode 84 - The Secret Identity of Dr. James Barry

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This is another episode provided by Dr. David Sigmon! He covers the history of a surgeon who had a successful, but not necessarily legendary, surgical career. So why are we covering Dr. Barry? Because of an astounding secret that was carried to the grave! The revelation was so scandalous, the British military kept it secret for decades. To find out more about this mystery, have a listen!

Nov 15 2019

14mins

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Episode 83 - Halloween Edition: Shiro Ishii and the infamous Unit 731

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In this episode, new host and collaborator for the show, Dr. David Sigmon, tells the horrifying tale of the Japanese surgeon Dr. Shiro Ishii and Japan's infamous Unit 731. While his acts were terrible, they were not only tolerated but encouraged at the time. And both the US and USSR failed to properly prosecute him or his unit. It is difficult to hear some of these details, and the podcast may be too graphic for some, so listener beware. But it is important to remember history, even some of the darker sides of the history of surgery. 

Nov 01 2019

19mins

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Episode 82 - Hugh Hampton Young and the Radical Prostatectomy

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Despite the title, this episode is about far more than just the first prostatectomy performed for cancer treatment. The life of American urologist Dr. Hugh Hampton Young is covered, as well as a little part of the history of prostate surgery. And as a special bonus, there is a mini-podcast in the podcast, covering a famous surgeon of the Wild West, who lived a Forrest Gump-like life! You'll have to listen to the episode to learn more; I hope you enjoy it!

Oct 16 2019

42mins

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Bonus Episode 4 - A History of the Adrenal Glands

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In this bonus episode, we welcome a new member to the Legends of Surgery team, Dr. David Simon, a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago currently researching surgical education at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote this episode, which covers the history of the discovery of the adrenal glands, the efforts made to understand its function, and, of course, the pioneers who first operated on these glands. We'll also learn how some of the diseases produced by the adrenals have effected history, and in particular a famous American president, at a very inopportune time in history!

Sep 18 2019

24mins

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Episode 81 - Vesalius and the Birth of Modern Anatomy

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In this episode, we cover one of the most influential books in the history of surgery, the 'De Humane Corporis Fabrica', and its author, Andreas Vesalius. In doing so, we'll also explore the outsized influence of the ancient Roman physician Galen on anatomical knowledge, and the challenges Vesalius faced in shaking the yoke of tradition through empirical evidence. One of the giants of Renaissance medicine, Vesalius laid the groundwork for the modern field of anatomy, and in so doing, modern surgery as well.

Aug 13 2019

22mins

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Episode 80 - Ambroise Pare, Renaissance Surgeon

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In this episode, we will explore the life and impact of French surgeon Ambroise Pare, who has been described as "one of the most luminous figures in the dark period of the late sixteenth century in France". A true Renaissance man, so to speak, Pare impacted a wide range of surgical practices. But his most significant impact was felt on the battlefields of Europe, as he modernized the treatment of gunshot wounds and amputations. All that, and more, in this episode!

Jul 09 2019

23mins

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Episode 79 - Cracking the Chest: The Brief History of Resuscitative Thoracotomy

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There are few surgical interventions more dramatic than the thoracotomy - a desperate last-ditch effort to save a failing heart by manual compression. The history of the procedure is a fascinating one, dating back to the 19th century. This became the procedure of choice when a heart stopped, typically during surgery, but was eventually replaced by what we now call CPR. The history of the development of CPR is also covered, and of course, we'll take some interesting tangents. 

May 15 2019

28mins

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Episode 78 - Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared and Interview with Dr. David K. C. Cooper

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This episode is a bit different than previous, in that the first part is a review of the life and work of the famous cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first human heart transplant. The second part is an interview with cardiac surgeon Dr. David K. C. Cooper, who worked with Dr. Barnard, and wrote the definitive biography on him. We discuss Dr. Barnard, as well as the history of cardiac surgery, and even get into xenotransplantation! It was a pleasure to speak with him, and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.

Mar 23 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 77 - Frederick Salmon and the Founding of the St. Mark's Fistula Hospital

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In this episode, we'll cover the life of English surgeon Frederick Salmon, his clashes with the medical establishment at the time, and his creation of a fistula hospital that eventually became St. Mark's Hospital. Of course, we will get into a bit of explanation around the history of fistula-in-ano treatment, and deviate from the main story to explore some other interesting historical tidbits! 

Feb 18 2019

16mins

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Episode 76 - the Bier Block

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In this episode, we will cover the German surgeon August Bier, and his creation of both spinal anesthesia, and the eponymously named Bier block, used commonly today for regional anesthesia. We'll also cover some less well known aspects of his career, and touch on his mentor, Johann von Esmarch, known for the Esmarch bandage (and so much more)! Of course, along the way, we'll meet up with some other players in the history of medicine and surgery. Finally, we will talk about one of Bier's greatest legacies, the Sauen forest in Germany. You'll have to listen to find out more!

Jan 14 2019

24mins

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Episode 75 - Percivall Pott and the Chimney Sweep's Cancer

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In this episode, we'll cover the life of the 18th century English surgeon, Percivall Pott. This includes some of the numerous disorders named after him, and covers the first description of an association between an occupational exposure and cancer, which would lead to significant social change. And of course, we'll take some detours, including covering the origin story of the London Hospital St. Bartholomew's, and more!

Dec 11 2018

17mins

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Episode 74 - "Time me, gentlemen": The Legend of Robert Liston

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In this episode, we explore the history of Robert Liston, considered "the fastest knife in the west end" of London, in an era before anesthesia. He was also famous for an operation with a 300% mortality rate, and for performing the first operation under ether in Europe. Liston also had many rivals, including a physician that led the charge during the brief and strange history of mesmerism in medicine. 

Nov 19 2018

23mins

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Episode 73 - The History of the Lobotomy

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In this episode, we'll cover the strange and sometimes disturbing history of psychosurgery, and in particular, the frontal lobotomy. We'll meet the Nobel Prize winning Egas Moniz as well as the physician and self-promoter Walter Freeman. And as a special bonus, we'll briefly cover the history of zombies!

Nov 01 2018

24mins

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Episode 72 - The History of Clubfoot

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In this episode, we will follow the history of the treatment of clubfoot, from antiquity, through the Renaissance and into modern surgery. Interestingly, the thinking has swung from conservative treatment, through a number of mechanical solutions, through surgical solutions, and finally come back to a non-invasive approach. As usual, we will meet some interesting characters, and in particular, cover some of the luminaries in the development of the specialty of orthopaedics!

Oct 08 2018

20mins

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Episode 71 - The History of Surgical Technologists

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In this episode, we will take a look at some of the unsung heroes of the operating room, going back to some of the earliest surgeries. We'll meet some of the interesting roles that developed, including Handlers, Dressers and Surgical Beadles. From there, we'll trace the development of the modern surgical technologist through the 20th century. And of course, we'll take some detours, including meeting the surgeon Frederick Treves, and his famous patient, the Elephant Man!

Sep 25 2018

18mins

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Episode 70 - The History of Inguinal Hernias

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In this episode, we will follow the history of the repair of inguinal hernias from ancient times, through the age of dissection, to the Renaissance where we will meet the surgeons that influenced our understanding of the anatomy and pathology of hernias. From there, we will cover the first successful tissue repairs, then move on to the era of mesh repairs, and finally, cover the laparoscopic approach. Of course, we'll take a few tangents and learn some interesting facts about hernias!

Sep 10 2018

27mins

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iTunes Ratings

151 Ratings
Average Ratings
135
6
3
2
5

aw99smi

By nailman9 - Jun 17 2019
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great pod. wide ranging content. informative and interesting

Obsessed

By YASSSS SURG - Sep 21 2018
Read more
Informative, succinct, interesting, nice voice.