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

    • Medicine
    • 4.7 • 192 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 98 - A Knot of Suture Tales

    Episode 98 - A Knot of Suture Tales

    In this episode, we're going to do something a bit different. I've taken a number of shorter but very interesting topics, either that I've come across on my own or have been suggested by listeners, and turned 5 of them into this episode. There's a medication, a maneuver, a procedure, a person, and a device! And if you have an idea for a topic, please let me know, maybe it will be on the next suture tales!

    • 38 min
    Bonus Episode - The Bizarre History of Bezoars

    Bonus Episode - The Bizarre History of Bezoars

    In this bonus episode, we cover the long and strange history of the bezoar, a stone that forms in the stomachs of some animals (including humans!) We will go back to the earliest recordings of bezoars in medicine, their use as a treatment for poison, particularly in the Islamic medical world, their rise in popularity in Renaissance Europe, and of course, meet a famous surgeon along the way. Please enjoy a little holiday break from the usual fare!

    • 11 min
    Episode 97 - The History of Blood Transfusions

    Episode 97 - The History of Blood Transfusions

    In this episode, we explore the origins of our understanding of blood and its function, going all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. We'll discuss the humeral system championed by Galen, and how these concepts were finally corrected with the discovery of the circulatory system. The consumption of blood, a practice dating back to ancient times, will be covered, as well as the first transfusions into humans, including the first truly successful one by Dr. James Blundell. As always, there will be lots of twists and turns, so enjoy!

    • 33 min
    Episode 96 - The History of the Esophagectomy

    Episode 96 - The History of the Esophagectomy

    This episode was written by a guest contributor, Harvard student Simar Bajaj. In it, we cover some of the anatomy and function of the esophagus, before tracing the history of the earliest attempts at operating on the esophagus (in ancient Egypt!) up to the modern era. We'll meet a number of surgical legends, and explore some related and fun topics, like answering the question, 'can you burp in space'?

    • 37 min
    Episode 95 - Non Per Os: The Tale of TPN

    Episode 95 - Non Per Os: The Tale of TPN

    In this episode, we will cover the story of providing fluids and nutrients intravenously, leading up to Dr. Stanley Dudrick and the development of TPN (total parenteral nutrition), including the first patients to receive this groundbreaking therapy. As usual, we will explore a few related topics, including some of the earliest experiments with radioactive materials, and much more!

    • 31 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

Dj brakemaster cylinder ,

Nonsensical review

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

Southern Surgeon ,

Best Podcast on ITunes

As a young surgeon, I couldn’t ask for a better podcast on the history of surgery and her legends. The episodes are concise, interesting, well organized and accurate! Forever grateful for your efforts!

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This is what I’ve been looking for

I have a medical podcast and am always looking for more medical knowledge as I pursue a medical career. This is nothing short of phenomenal. The episodes are very informative, yet entertaining as well. Other podcasts carry on and I lose focus, but with this I always feel engaged.

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