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 • 238 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 113 - Better know an instrument: Potts Scissors

    Episode 113 - Better know an instrument: Potts Scissors

    In this episode, we'll meet the person behind the eponymously named scissors, the American pediatric surgeon Willis J. Potts. We'll cover his contributions to the development of surgery specifically for children, and in particular the operations on the heart that he pioneered. There is also some trivia, and a new feature on etymology, so enjoy!

    • 21 min
    Episode 112 - The Ongoing History of Surgery: The World's First Whole Eye Transplant

    Episode 112 - The Ongoing History of Surgery: The World's First Whole Eye Transplant

    In this episode, we will cover the recent story of (possibly) the world's first whole eye transplant that occured in May of 2023, as well as the story of a possible previous attempt in 1969, and the aftermath that followed. The show also has a new feature - trivia! And, we will explore the medical origins of the word 'bedlam'. Enjoy!

    • 16 min
    Episode 111 - The Code of Hammurabi

    Episode 111 - The Code of Hammurabi

    In this episode, we will explore the history of a nearly 4 millenia old slab of rock which has inscribed on it some of the oldest recorded laws in history, including some that dictated payments for operations, and some severe punishments for malpractice! Along the way, we'll also delve into the world of Babylonian medicine, discover the history of the caduceus, and, as a special bonus, cover a recent Nobel prize which has implications for surgery in an all new suture tale. 

    • 16 min
    Episode 110 - The Loch Ness Monster and The Surgeon's Photo

    Episode 110 - The Loch Ness Monster and The Surgeon's Photo

    In this episode, we will explore the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, as well as the surgeon behind a famous photograph of the beast, Robert Kenneth Wilson, a legend in his own right. And of course, we'll go on our usual tangents and side stories along the way!

    • 16 min
    Episode 109 - Was Jack the Ripper a surgeon?

    Episode 109 - Was Jack the Ripper a surgeon?

    In this episode, we will explore the question of the identity of the 19th century serial killer based in the London neighborhood of Whitechapel. Specifically, we will consider the evidence provided by some authors that the notorious killer was a Welsh-born surgeon named Sir John Williams. And of course, there will be a bit of interesting trivia along the way!

    • 16 min
    Episode 108 - The Michelangelo of Medicine: Frank Netter and the Atlas of Human Anatomy

    Episode 108 - The Michelangelo of Medicine: Frank Netter and the Atlas of Human Anatomy

    In this episode, we will explore the famous 20th century medical illustrator Frank Netter and his magnum opus, the Atlas of Human Anatomy. While this work is his most famous, many people do not realize that Frank Netter was also a doctor, and (briefly) practiced as a surgeon, before spending the majority of his career as a commercial artist. Have a listen to find out more!

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

hdmebdk ,

Nice podcast

Could not fall asleep. It is 1:00 right now and I like the lobotomy one.

Tracy Bingaman, PA-C ,

Interesting & Informative!

As a physician associate (PA) who does surgery, I find this podcast to be super interesting! My favorite episode so far has been the history of Botox, as someone who gets Botox & someone who treats patient with Botox in my plastic surgery practice it was so cool to hear about all of the scientific discoveries that led to us being able to safely administer Botox for patients. Keep up the good work!

Hieran ,

This non-doctor loves it!

I’m not a clinician, and I really just stumbled onto this podcast, but I am completely hooked! I do work in a healthcare-related industry and have had numerous orthopedic surgeries myself, but you definitely don’t need that connection to enjoy these super-interesting and timely stories. For example, during the most recent U.S. presidential election, there was a two-part series on American presidents who underwent surgery. I also loved the Nobel Prize episode. Tyler is a very good host who injects a little fun without being annoying goofy and frequently uses great song snippets to illustrate points. He obviously loves his subject and does detailed research into the topics that interest him and that he wants to share with his listeners. I highly recommend Legends of Surgery!

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