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 107 - "The Secret"
In this episode, we will meet the Chamberlen family, French Huguenots and barber surgeons/male midwives that practiced in England in the 16th and 17th centuries CE. They had a special instrument that could safely deliver babies in cases of obstruction, a secret they kept for 2 centuries. To find out more, listen to the podcast!
Episode 106 - From toxin to cure: The story of Botox
Initially recognized as a poison in blood sausage by a German country doctor in the 19th century CE, botulinum toxin was isolated and purified during world war II by the American military. It was ophthalmogist Dr. Alan Scott who recognized the clinical utility of the toxin, which now has over 150 different applications!
Episode 105 - Better know an instrument: the Yankauer suction tip
In this episode, we will cover Dr. Sidney Yankauer, a leader in the development of ENT as a surgical specialty, including the creation of his eponymously named instrument, as well as triumphs and tragedies over the course of his life.
Episode 104 - Lamb's Blood, Monkey 'Glands', Pig Kidneys, and More: A Brief History of Xenotransplantation
In this episode, we will trace the history of attempts at transplanting cells, tissues, and organs from animals into humans. From world-famous surgeons to medical charlatans, all manner of people have tried, and all inevitably failed. However, with the rise of genetic editing, there is new hope that xenotransplantation will turn from a dream into reality!
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.
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.
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!
Great Podcast for People Interested in Medicine
I like this podcast a lot. I don't agree with some of Tyler's opinions, but that is totally okay. The one suggestion that I have is to lower the volume of the sound effects. Sometimes they drown out the words that Tyler is saying. All in all, an excellent and well-researched podcast!
RN on the way to MD
Favorite podcast right now! I can’t get enough!