Bmj Usa A memorable patient

A memorable patient

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:E386
  1. M. Gerard Baggot, adjunct professor (
  1. Department of Anesthesia St. Louis University, School of Medicine St. Louis, Missouri

    The war bride was born about 1920 and raised in Rumania or thereabouts. When she was 3 years old, she swallowed lye, which scarred her esophagus, making deglutition almost impossible. Fortunately, a master surgeon took her case and devised an extraordinary practical solution.

    At that time, an Irishman, Dr Ivor Magill and his British associates working in London were introducing endotracheal anesthesia for plastic surgery. Their work would eventually advance surgery and critical care therapies, but it did not reach continental Europe until much later.

    Meanwhile, for endothoracic operations, German surgeons were experimenting with “negative …

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