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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 06:36 PM

Damn, that's one tough S.O.B.

The Soviet Doctor Who Cut Out His Own Appendix -



In 1961, Leonid Rogozov (14 March 1934 – 21 September 2000), the only doctor stationed at the Soviet Antarctic station on the Sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition, removed his own appendix during an emergency operation.

Full story with some rather gruesome detail:

https://flashbak.com/leonid-rogozov-soviet-doctor-self-surgery-appendix-423080/

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Response to packman (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 06:48 PM

1. Wow. That's all I can think to say.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 06:48 PM

2. This reminds me of the Knick with Clive Owen. Seriously

underrated series about a cocaine addicted Dr. in NYC 1905

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 07:28 PM

7. Yes... I saw that. I wish that show had continued...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 07:35 PM

9. I know, although Thack's storyline was complete they could

have kept going. My favorite piece of TV period drama ever.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 06:51 PM

3. DANG!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 06:55 PM

4. Um, we have a more current example of a bad ass woman.

Dr. Jerri Lin Nielsen (née Cahill; March 1, 1952 – June 23, 2009) was an American physician with extensive emergency room experience, who self-treated her breast cancer while stationed at Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica until she could be evacuated safely.

In 1998, during the southern winter, at a time when the station is physically cut off from the rest of the world, she developed breast cancer. Nielsen teleconferenced with medical personnel in the United States, and had to operate on herself in order to extract tissue samples for analysis. A military plane was later dispatched to the pole to airdrop equipment and medications. Her condition remained life-threatening, and the first plane to land at the station in the spring was sent several weeks earlier than planned, despite adverse weather conditions, to take her to the U.S. as soon as possible. Her ordeal attracted a great amount of attention from the media, and Nielsen later wrote an autobiographical book recounting her story.[1]

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Response to llmart (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 07:01 PM

5. All I can say, that old saying "Physician heal yourself"

seems to apply to any doctor in some situations. You would think they would send at least two docs on such extended stays or at least a well-trained nurse to work with the doctors.

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Response to llmart (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 07:05 PM

6. Much of the equipment that was airdropped was broken in the landing.

She still pulled it off.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 07:33 PM

8. Only novocaine infiltration of the abdominal wall--not even an epidural since

he couldn't do that himself. Yikes. To say that would have been difficult is an understatement.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 07:49 PM

10. Wow - that takes GUTS!!!


(I'll get my coat...)

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