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Legends of Surgery

Tyler Rouse

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Legends of Surgery

Legends of Surgery

Tyler Rouse

58
Followers
226
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

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 MIN23 h ago
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Episode 94 - Guy de Chauliac and the Black Death

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 MIN5 d ago
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Episode 93 - The Story of the Mitral Valve

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 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 92 - A Cool Tale about Induced Hypothermia

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 MINJUN 9
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Episode 91 - Guillaume Dupuytren: The Brigand of the Hotel Dieu

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 MINMAY 19
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Episode 90 - Alexander Thomas Augusta, a story of courage

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 MINAPR 17
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Episode 89 - Neurosurgeon Dr. Walter Dandy

Episode 88 - The History of the Parathyroid Gland

In this episode, we will trace the history of the parathyroid gland, from its identification, to the determination of its function, the understanding of hyperparathyroidism, and of course, the surgical removal of abnormal glands! Along the way we'll meet a Swedish medical student, a rhinoceros, a sea captain, and of course, a number of legends of surgery. In the suture tales section, we'll cover the assassination of a famous political figure in the US, and the botched attempts to save his life. Lots of fun and interesting stuff in this episode!

38 MINFEB 27
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Episode 88 - The History of the Parathyroid Gland

Episode 87 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 2: Feud and Reconciliation

In this 2nd part of a 2-part series on the world-famous cardiac surgeons Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, we cover their life's work, their feud, and eventual reconciliation. In addition, the history of artificial hearts is covered, as well as other topics, including the reason for Jehovah's Witnesses refusing blood transfusions. And in the latest Suture Tales, the Vineberg procedure is brought out of the dustbin of history, given a shake, and covered in detail!

40 MINFEB 10
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Episode 87 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 2: Feud and Reconciliation

Episode 86 - Dr. Nikolay Pirogov - Founder of Field Surgery

In this episode, Dr. David Sigmon tells us the tale of the Russian surgeon Dr. Pirogov, detailing his early life, including family tragedies that would shape him, his medical and surgical training, as well as his numerous contributions to surgery. Not only did he advocate for anatomy teaching, leading to the publication of an anatomical atlas 'Anatomia Topographia', he made contributions to vascular surgery and was an early adopter of ether for anesthesia. But most importantly, Pirogov brought his skills and knowledge to the battlefields of 19th century Russia, writing the seminal manual 'Principles of War Surgery' and introducing the concept of triage! As well, this episode contains the latest 'suture tales', covering the history of curare from the jungles of South America to the modern operating room!

36 MINJAN 12
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Episode 86 - Dr. Nikolay Pirogov - Founder of Field Surgery

Episode 85 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 1: Origin stories

In this episode, we cover the early lives and career beginnings of the famous cardiovascular surgeons Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley, up to their joining Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Of course, we will take a number of side roads on the journey to cover some interesting related history. As well, this episode introduces the new segment, "Suture Tails", where we cover a topic suggested by listeners. So please send in your ideas!

30 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Episode 85 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 1: Origin stories

Latest Episodes

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 MIN23 h ago
Comments
Episode 94 - Guy de Chauliac and the Black Death

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 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Episode 93 - The Story of the Mitral Valve

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 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode 92 - A Cool Tale about Induced Hypothermia

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 MINJUN 9
Comments
Episode 91 - Guillaume Dupuytren: The Brigand of the Hotel Dieu

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 MINMAY 19
Comments
Episode 90 - Alexander Thomas Augusta, a story of courage

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 MINAPR 17
Comments
Episode 89 - Neurosurgeon Dr. Walter Dandy

Episode 88 - The History of the Parathyroid Gland

In this episode, we will trace the history of the parathyroid gland, from its identification, to the determination of its function, the understanding of hyperparathyroidism, and of course, the surgical removal of abnormal glands! Along the way we'll meet a Swedish medical student, a rhinoceros, a sea captain, and of course, a number of legends of surgery. In the suture tales section, we'll cover the assassination of a famous political figure in the US, and the botched attempts to save his life. Lots of fun and interesting stuff in this episode!

38 MINFEB 27
Comments
Episode 88 - The History of the Parathyroid Gland

Episode 87 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 2: Feud and Reconciliation

In this 2nd part of a 2-part series on the world-famous cardiac surgeons Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, we cover their life's work, their feud, and eventual reconciliation. In addition, the history of artificial hearts is covered, as well as other topics, including the reason for Jehovah's Witnesses refusing blood transfusions. And in the latest Suture Tales, the Vineberg procedure is brought out of the dustbin of history, given a shake, and covered in detail!

40 MINFEB 10
Comments
Episode 87 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 2: Feud and Reconciliation

Episode 86 - Dr. Nikolay Pirogov - Founder of Field Surgery

In this episode, Dr. David Sigmon tells us the tale of the Russian surgeon Dr. Pirogov, detailing his early life, including family tragedies that would shape him, his medical and surgical training, as well as his numerous contributions to surgery. Not only did he advocate for anatomy teaching, leading to the publication of an anatomical atlas 'Anatomia Topographia', he made contributions to vascular surgery and was an early adopter of ether for anesthesia. But most importantly, Pirogov brought his skills and knowledge to the battlefields of 19th century Russia, writing the seminal manual 'Principles of War Surgery' and introducing the concept of triage! As well, this episode contains the latest 'suture tales', covering the history of curare from the jungles of South America to the modern operating room!

36 MINJAN 12
Comments
Episode 86 - Dr. Nikolay Pirogov - Founder of Field Surgery

Episode 85 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 1: Origin stories

In this episode, we cover the early lives and career beginnings of the famous cardiovascular surgeons Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley, up to their joining Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Of course, we will take a number of side roads on the journey to cover some interesting related history. As well, this episode introduces the new segment, "Suture Tails", where we cover a topic suggested by listeners. So please send in your ideas!

30 MIN2019 DEC 12
Comments
Episode 85 - Drs. DeBakey and Cooley, Part 1: Origin stories
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