100 episodes

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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 218 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 103 - The Story of the Spleen

    Episode 103 - The Story of the Spleen

    In this episode, we return to a previous series, looking at the history of different organs in the body. The history of our understanding of the spleen, including its function, will be covered, as well as the development of surgery on the spleen. And in another instalment of Suture Tales, we'll meet Quincy Gardner Colton, a medical school dropout, showman, and integral figure in the history of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic. 

    • 21 min
    Bonus Episode - The Curious Case of Scarpa's Head

    Bonus Episode - The Curious Case of Scarpa's Head

    In this bonus suture tale episode, we cover the life and works of the famous Italian surgeon and anatomist Antonio Scarpa. While many are familiar with him from the eponymously named fascia, his contributions to the science of medicine extend well beyond this. Known as a tyrant in life, a number of anatomical structures were removed after his death, including his head, which can still be seen today! And as an extra bonus, the life of his mentor, Giovanni Morgagni is also explored.

    • 17 min
    Episode 102 - Hua T'o and Surgery in Ancient China

    Episode 102 - Hua T'o and Surgery in Ancient China

    In this episode, we cover the legendary figure of Hua T'o, the best known (and one of the few) surgeons from Ancient China, as well as the state of surgical treatments at the time. The tale of his most famous operation, on the General Guan Yu, is also examined. Finally, the role of culture and religion on the development of anatomical and surgical knowledge in Ancient China is explored. 

    • 23 min
    Episode 101 - Galen, Part 2: His Works

    Episode 101 - Galen, Part 2: His Works

    In this episode, we'll take a look at some of the contributions he made in surgery and anatomy, as well as some of the errors of his that were repeated for centuries before being disproven. We'll also have a look at the history of the first known surgery, trephination (or drilling a hole in the head), the origins of the word 'cancer', and lots more! As well, Suture Tales takes a look at a giant in the history of ENT surgery, Dr. John Conley. And if you stay to the end, there's even some poetry!

    • 40 min
    Episode 100 - Galen, Part 1: The Story of his Life

    Episode 100 - Galen, Part 1: The Story of his Life

    In the 100th episode of Legends of Surgery, we will explore the life of one of medicine and surgery's greatest influences: the Greek physician from Ancient Rome, Claudius Galen. The events of his life will be covered, as well as some of the amazing feats he performed. In the second part of this mini-series, Galen's lasting impact on anatomy and surgery will we outlined. 
    This episode also features a Suture Tale, this time on the surgeon and anatomist Carl Toldt, who described the important surgical landmark we now know as the white line of Toldt!

    • 35 min
    Episode 99 - The History of Transgender Reassignment Surgery

    Episode 99 - The History of Transgender Reassignment Surgery

    In this episode, we'll cover the history of transgender medicine, with a focus on the development of the main surgical procedures in gender reassignment surgery, including vaginoplasty, phalloplasty, and metoidioplasty. A number of trailblazing surgeons and patients will be covered, and there is even a suture tale about a strange Victorian practice of clitoridectomy. Listener beware: this episode contains some graphic descriptions of genital surgery. 

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
218 Ratings

218 Ratings

Will_Lee818 ,

RN on the way to MD

Favorite podcast right now! I can’t get enough!

Surgonc ,

Retired Surgeon

Excellent series!

Dj brakemaster cylinder ,

Nonsensical review

Started out hate-listening to this but ended up loving it and hearing her voice again

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