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Medical and Medical History

Reflections and stories about medicine and medical history. I am no medical historian. I am simply a craftsman, curious about the giants on whose shoulders my craft stands, and the history and genesis of the tools and techniques we use today. I also believe, that only a reflection of the mistakes of the past can prevent more of those in the future.

Jan 27, 2020 Dr. Gabriele Barbara Maria Possanner von Ehrenthal (27 January 1860 – 14 March 1940)

A fighter, the first female physician in Austria

Jan 26, 2020 Wilder Penfield (January 26, 1891 – April 5, 1976)

He invented new methods to map the brain. He perfected wake-patient brain surgeries. He began the work that explains hallucinations and brought forward the framework showing how deja vu works. He started the field of neuropsychology.

Nov 23, 2019 Fear

The strange case of a man who knew no fear and, yet, knew it too damn well.

Sep 14, 2019 Åke Senning (14 September 1915 – 21 July 2000)

The inventor of the implantable pacemaker and first physician in Europe to transplant a heart was a reluctant physician.

Jan 28, 2019 James Miranda Steuart Barry (c. 1789 – 25 July 1865)

Barry was conundrum wrapped in a riddle. He was larger than life, got punched by Nightingale, and yet he managed to keep his best kept secret, secret.

Apr 11, 2016 Annie, are you OK? Or: L'Inconnue de la Seine and how she's saving lives

A story so weird, you'll need CPR.

Nov 3, 2014 The Lecter Joke – Fava Beans, Chianti, and Liver

The writers left a little easter egg in the Silence of the Lambs

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