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Hobbies of Great Surgeons AID IN LIFE-SAVING MARVELS (Nov, 1933)

I think if this kid showed up at my house I would have been a bit frightened of him:

Consider, for example, the start of the famous New York plastic surgeon, Dr. H. Lyons Hunt. When he was six years old, he told me, he used to fill his mother’s shopping bag with knives from the kitchen and make the rounds of the neighbors on his velocipede. At each house, he would ring the doorbell and gravely announce: “Dr. Hunt is ready to operate.”

Of course today, they could just play video games.

Hobbies of Great Surgeons AID IN LIFE-SAVING MARVELS

Workshops, Music, Art, And Sports Keep Nerves Keen and Fingers Nimble

By Frederic Damrau, M.D.

IN A recent series of articles in Popular Science Monthly, I told of the marvels of modern surgery and described some of the miracles of the operating room. Since then, scores of readers have written me, asking for facts about famous surgeons and how they fit themselves for their life-work.

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Murdered On The Operating Table! (Oct, 1937)

Apparently this story was so sensational that the editors had to abandon their headline capitalization style guide. “Screw it, this story is too big, I’m going all in. If I don’t, how will our readers know that it happened On The operating table?”

Surprisingly, operating room fires still happen quite often. The FDA has an initiative to help reduce the number of occurrences.

Murdered On The Operating Table!

AN anesthetized patient on an operating table — the surgeon approaches with a white – hot instrument—the patient explodes and two operating room attendants are injured!—The clipping from the New York Times tells the story.

Medical history will show that this is not the first time such an accident occurred. That same history should also record that there is no reason why such accidents should happen.

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Germ-Killing Lights for Safer Surgery (Sep, 1936)

Germ-Killing Lights for Safer Surgery

Bacteria destroying lamps for the operating room were recently demonstrated to the American Society of Surgeons. The lamp (below) sends out ultra-violet rays which have the property of killing germs in 60 seconds, yet not harming the patient.

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THE MYSTERY OF TEMPERATURE (Feb, 1909)

THE MYSTERY OF TEMPERATURE

By Dr. Charles Floyd Burrows

WHAT is a person’s normal temperature?—is a question often asked of every physician.

When the answer 98.6° F. is given to the query, very few people understand the physiological significance of this fact, or how a degree of systemic heat is maintained during health, within such narrow limits, that their bodies have an even temperature the coldest day in winter or the hottest day in summer with an exactness of adjustment that is not obtainable in warming or cooling their homes with the most up-to-date heating and refrigerating apparatus.

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Amazing Facts about Today’s Triumphs of Surgery (Dec, 1932)

Amazing Facts about Today’s Triumphs of Surgery

The first of a series of Articles describing the wonders worked in modern hospitals

By Frederic Damrau, M.D.

ONE of the most dramatic stories of the Twentieth Century remains virtually untold. This is the story of modern surgery.

Tradition and ethics of the medical profession prevent the surgeon from reporting to the press his own accomplishments. A wall of silence surrounds his work. Even well-informed persons know little of the miracles of life-saving which these white-robed figures perform behind the closed doors of the operating room.

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Senses of Blind Not More Acute / Illuminated Dog to Lead Blind (Sep, 1930)

What exactly is an illuminated dog? Is it a dog with a light on it? Because I think dogs can see fairly well in the dark..

Senses of Blind Not More Acute

THE popular idea that blind persons develop especially delicate senses of hearing and touch to compensate in part for loss of sight is exploded by Professor Pierre Villey, of the University of Caen, France, in summarizing recent psychological and physiological tests.

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Eye Magnet / Mailbox / Water Walking (Nov, 1928)

How is that mailbox an improvement?

REMOVES METAL PARTICLES FROM EYES WITH RING MAGNET DESIGNED IN ENGLAND
ONE of the latest developments in the field of medical science is the ring magnet. It is proving of great value in removing pieces of metal from the eye after an accident. Workers in various industries often suffer from flying pieces of metal striking the eye. To remove such small particles is often a delicate operation whose pain is greatly lessened through the use of this ingenious device.

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New Anesthetic Removes Fear (Jan, 1930)

Imagine that, you give people barbiturates and they ask for more. Who’da thunk it?

New Anesthetic Removes Fear

A NEW anesthetic which puts patients to sleep so pleasantly and easily that they ask for more, has been reported by Dr. J. S. Lundy of the Mayo Clinic and Dr. R. M. Isenberger, professor of pharmacology of the University of Kansas.

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“Mechanical MOTHER” SAVES Lives of INFANTS (Mar, 1931)

How very “Coney Island”: pay for baby’s medical treatment by turning it into a tourist attraction.

“Mechanical MOTHER” SAVES Lives of INFANTS

“Baby incubators” which manufacture ideal conditions of heat, moisture, and atmosphere, save the lives of thousands of prematurely born infants every year who otherwise could not survive.

MAN-MADE machines have again triumphed over the seemingly unconquerable forces of Nature with the invention of the mechanical mother.

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Shirt Is Chart For Teaching First Aid (Feb, 1938)

Shirt Is Chart For Teaching First Aid

Designed to help in teaching the principles of first aid, a novel anatomical shirt presents a graphic picture of the location of bones, arteries, and internal organs in the human arms and torso. Details of internal parts are printed in black outline and contrasting colors on front and back of the fitted sweat shirt.

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