In 1901, a doctor was told mid-surgery that he was needed urgently elsewhere, to which he responded that he could not leave “even for the President of the United States”. He was then told he needed to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. The doctor maintained his claim and actually didn’t leave.
A robot recently performed the world’s first autonomous soft-tissue surgery without any assistance from doctors, and did so while outperforming human doctors by every metric except for speed.
A set of 19 questions such as “Do we have the right patient?” and “What operation are we performing?” can reduce surgical deaths by more than 40%.
Two surgeons used a coat hanger, brandy, and a tube to operate on a collapsed lung during an airplane flight and succeeded.
Two surgeons used a coat hanger, brandy, and a tube to operate on a collapsed lung during an airplane flight – and succeeded.
It’s possible to change brown eyes to blue permanently with laser eye surgery.
In 1995 a surgeon performed an operation on a airplane using a coat hanger sterilized in brandy.