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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.

Legends of Surgery Tyler Rouse

    • Medicine
    • 4.8, 29 Ratings

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.

    Episode 94 - Guy de Chauliac and the Black Death

    Episode 94 - Guy de Chauliac and the Black Death

    The subject for this episode, written and narrated by Dr. David Sigmon, is the great medieval surgeon Guy de Chauliac. His life and works are covered, including the 'Chirurgia Magna', or 'Great Writings on Surgery', but the main focus is his role in fighting the Black Death in Avignon, France, in 1342, and the lessons he learned about the plague that devastated much of Western civilization.

    • 23 min
    Episode 93 - The Story of the Mitral Valve

    Episode 93 - The Story of the Mitral Valve

    This episode was written by a guest contributor, Simar Bajaj, a student of the History of Science at Harvard University. In it, we cover the story of the mitral valve, from its earliest descriptions, to the discovery of its function and pathology, and of course, the evolution of the surgical treatment of both stenosis and regurgitation. In addition to meeting the surgeon innovators, we will of course take some detours, looking at how percussion became a part of the physical exam, reviewing the origins of the term hyperkalemia, cover some surgical rivalries, and lots more!

    • 53 min
    Episode 92 - A Cool Tale about Induced Hypothermia

    Episode 92 - A Cool Tale about Induced Hypothermia

    This episode was written by a guest contributor, Dr. David Warmflash, and covers the history of the use of induced hypothermia in surgery, from its earliest days in Ancient Egypt, through Napoleon-era France, and to the early days of cardiac surgery! We will also explore a more modern application in the setting of trauma, and of course, take a few detours along the way.

    • 25 min
    Episode 91 - Guillaume Dupuytren: The Brigand of the Hotel Dieu

    Episode 91 - Guillaume Dupuytren: The Brigand of the Hotel Dieu

    In this episode, we'll cover the brilliant but difficult character of Guillaume Dupuytren, and of course the disease which bears his name. In addition to his life, we'll take a deep dive into the history of Dupuytren's disease, also known as the Viking's disease, the curse of the MacCrimmons, and the Hand of Benediction, among others. There are lots of side stories, too, including a bit of history of the bagpipes!
    And 'Suture Tales' makes a return for the 50th anniversary of the Swan-Ganz catheter!

    • 36 min
    Episode 90 - Alexander Thomas Augusta, a story of courage

    Episode 90 - Alexander Thomas Augusta, a story of courage

    In this episode, host Dr. David Sigmon tells the inspirational true story of Dr. Alexander Thomas Augusta, the first African American surgeon in the Northern Army during the American Civil War, the first African American professor of medicine in the US, and civil rights activist. He overcame deeply entrenched racism to practice medicine and helped to establish medical training for African Americans.

    • 17 min
    Episode 89 - Neurosurgeon Dr. Walter Dandy

    Episode 89 - Neurosurgeon Dr. Walter Dandy

    In this episode, we cover the contributions to neurosurgery by Dr. Walter Dandy, including an in depth look at the ventricular system of the brain. We'll also discuss missing skulls, Roman aqueducts, and the origin of the baseball helmet, and much more!

    • 42 min

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