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Alexei Mikhailovich Svetukhin

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1511
  1. Boleslav Lichterman,
  2. Sergey Glyantsev

    Leader in wound care and surgical treatment of sepsis

    Alexei Mikhailovich Svetukhin maintained that sepsis is a systemic reaction of the whole body and advocated its early surgical treatment. He was one of the leaders in wound care and surgical treatment of sepsis in the former Soviet Union and Russia and vice president of the Russian Association of Specialists for Surgical Infections. He also provided specialised surgical care in mass disasters such as the earthquakes in Armenia (1988), Sakhalin island (1995), and Turkey (1999); explosions in Arzamas and Ufa (1989); and the assault in Beslan (2004).

    The son of actors, Svetukhin was easygoing and sociable, elegant, a good dancer, and with a gift for playing roles. His second wife, Ekaterina Semenovna Svetukhina (née Alexeeva) was related to Konstantin Stanislavsky—an outstanding theatre actor and producer.

    After leaving school in 1958, he worked in a factory for five years before studying medicine at the I M Sechenov Moscow Medical Institute N 1 (now the I M Sechenov Moscow …

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