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1378145.  Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:19 am Reply with quote

Robert Liston was a pioneering Scottish surgeon known for the only operation with a 300% mortality rate (though this may be apocryphal).

Amputated the leg in under 2​1⁄2 minutes (the patient died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene; they usually did in those pre-Listerian days). He amputated in addition the fingers of his young assistant (who died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene). He also slashed through the coat tails of a distinguished surgical spectator, who was so terrified that the knife had pierced his vitals he fainted from fright (and was later discovered to have died from shock)
- Richard Gordon

His Wikipedia page also mentions accidentally cutting off a patient's testicles "in his enthusiasm", and holding his surgery knife between his teeth to keep both hands free.

1378204.  Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:21 am Reply with quote

I think this was covered in Series R - Roaming.


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