Surgery in the 1910s: rudimentary anesthesia, the same surgical tools the Romans used, primitive lighting, no antibiotics, no blood transfusions, and the most advanced test is a fuzzy & indistinct x-ray.
In this fraught world, a few men stood apart and endured unconscionable loss to usher in modern surgery. One such man was Harvey Cushing, and he was a surgeon. A brain surgeon. The world’s first.
These are his patients.
The suffering is theirs.
The empathy is his.
The benefit is ours.
THE LEAST PART OF THE WORK — A Love Story Between A Surgeon, His Patients, & The Rest Of Us is a nonfiction surgical history podcast centered around the pioneering work the world’s first brain surgeon during the early years of the 20th century. It’s about resilience in the face of adversity, about terrible suffering, and about one man’s singular ability to see the forest through the trees—one patient at a time.
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