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- by NRSKarenRN Admin Aug 10, '12Interesting 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
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- Aug 10, '12 by llgThanks 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.
- Aug 11, '12 by brownbookDitto what llg said. Though I can't say I was horrified by medical history, more curious....."how in the heck did they do it."
- Aug 20, '12 by NRSKarenRNThe 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
- Aug 26, '12 by Do-overQuote 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..