Mikhail Izrailevich Perelman

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3042
  1. Boleslav Lichterman
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Mikhail Izrailevich Perelman, thoracic surgeon (b 1924; q Yaroslavl State Medical Institute 1945), died from a pulmonary thromboembolism on 29 March 2013. Thoracic surgeon and specialist in pulmonary tuberculosis who operated on Soviet leaders and criticised WHO’s TB programme

Mikhail Izrailevich Perelman was a pioneer of cardiac and thoracic surgery in the former Soviet Union. He was born in Minsk and graduated from Yaroslavl Medical Institute in 1945, after which he worked at the institute as an assistant professor of anatomy and surgery until 1951. In Yaroslavl he defended his kandidatskaya (PhD) dissertation, and performed one of the first successful cardiac operations in the former Soviet Union—ligation of a patent arterial duct.

From 1951 to 1954 he was a chief surgeon in Stcherbakov (now Rybinsk) and medical director of a municipal hospital. He was widely respected even by local criminals as described in his book of memoirs, Grazhdanin Doctor [A Citizen Doctor] (Moscow, 2009).

In 1954 Perelman moved to Moscow and began his career …

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