Two Hundred Years of Surgery

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  2. Interesting historical perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine for their 200th anniversary from my favorite medical writer Atul Gawande

    Two Hundred Years of Surgery
    Atul Gawande, M.D., M.P.H.

    N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1716-1723May 3, 2012

    Don't miss the photo's and interactive powerpoint slides.
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  4. by   llg
    Thanks for posting that. I have always been horrified by medical history ... and grateful to be living in an age in which at least some of the suffering has been lessened. But I always wonder what people will say about OUR practices 200 years from now.
  5. by   brownbook
    Ditto what llg said. Though I can't say I was horrified by medical history, more curious....."how in the heck did they do it."
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    The College of Physicians of Philadelphia | Mütter Museum
    offers facinating look at collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th century "cabinet museum" setting. If you visit the museum, make sure you eat first-- I managed to quell the appetites of 6 Scouts on one occasion.

    They even have a Mutter You Tube channel

  7. by   Do-over
    Quote from the article "The milestone reports of the new era often seemed obscure when they first appeared. Werner Forssmann, a 25-year-old surgical intern in Eberswalde, Germany, published his report on successful catheterization of the heart in a German medical journal in 1929.29 Forbidden by his professors from attempting the experiment on either animals or patients (they thought the idea preposterous and dangerous), he performed it on himself "

    Can you believe that? He cathed HIS OWN HEART. He was 25. Thank God for pioneers, but I am thankful to live in this age of anesthesia =)

    Atul Gawande writes great articles. Follow him on Twitter, if you don't already, for lots of good links..