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Posted: 4/18/2010 2:29:15 PM EDT
Read all about it here.

Talk about the will to live.

Short version of story:

In 1961, a twelve man Soviet crew was building a new base in the Antarctic. Mindful that being trapped in sub-zero temperatures for months on end required a medical professional to be on hand, one doctor had been assigned to the team. So what happens when the only man capable of performing surgery comes down with a severe case of appendicitis? He does what any reasonably minded person would do. Performs an appendectomy…on himself. There, he fixed it.

Insert "In Soviet Russia...." jokes here.








Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:30:10 PM EDT
brass balls and a high pain tolerance.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:32:41 PM EDT
What a baby!

Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:33:56 PM EDT
Fuck.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:35:37 PM EDT
Early Test run of Obamas health care plan?
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:36:15 PM EDT
I hope they had a good supply of vodka.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:37:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GseriesFal:
Early Test run of Obamas health care plan?


Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:39:55 PM EDT
awesome.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:43:04 PM EDT
OK, I would hire that man to do anything, anywhere. Here's how the interview would go:
"Well, Mr. Whatever, I see that you haven't actually been trained in....."
"I performed an appendectomy on myself. Here's the proof."
"OK, you're hired. Would you mind coming over to the house and nailing my wife? 'Cause I want kids like you."
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:44:37 PM EDT
EPIC RUSSIAN!

There are some references to auto-appendectomies in the literature. The earliest one was possibly that performed by Dr Kane in 1921 (although the operation was completed by his assistants). We know that Rogozov had not heard about it before he performed his operation.

Rogozov’s self operation was probably the first such successful act undertaken in the wilderness, out of hospital settings, with no possibility of outside help, and without any other medical professional around. It remains an example of determination and the human will for life. In later years Rogozov himself rejected all glorification of his deed. When thoughts like these were put to him, he usually answered with a smile and the words: "A job like any other, a life like any other."

Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:45:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GseriesFal:
Early Test run of Obamas health care plan?


Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:45:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By scotchymcdrinkerbean:
OK, I would hire that man to do anything, anywhere. Here's how the interview would go:
"Well, Mr. Whatever, I see that you haven't actually been trained in....."
"I performed an appendectomy on myself. Here's the proof."
"OK, you're hired. Would you mind coming over to the house and nailing my wife? 'Cause I want kids like you."

for realz
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:45:52 PM EDT
Damn

Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:49:38 PM EDT
in russia....oh nevermind..
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 2:52:33 PM EDT
Field trials for the "Suture Self Home Surgery Kit" were apparently successful.



CJ
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:04:17 PM EDT
Yeah, give me a blindfold and a cigarette. Fuck that.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:11:02 PM EDT
Wow.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:12:25 PM EDT
As long as you had a good local anaesthetic, it should be doable. Still...

Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:24:23 PM EDT
fucking hell. That guy has got balls of pure steel. There is no fucking way I'd ever, ever do that shit.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:29:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BrandonP:
Yeah, give me a blindfold and a cigarette. Fuck that.


Amen.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:31:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GseriesFal:
Early Test run of Obamas health care plan?


best reply ever
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:31:40 PM EDT
And that's why all doctors heading to Antartica go without their appendixes.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:39:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lancair:
And that's why all doctors heading to Antartica go without their appendixes.


Seriously?
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:45:52 PM EDT
I read in a surgery or anesthesia text book that an american surgeon did the same in the 1920s to prove the safety and efficacy of regional and spinal anesthesia. I saw a picture of the procedure with the OR Nurse holding the mirrors for him.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 3:59:02 PM EDT
tag for facination.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 4:02:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By scotchymcdrinkerbean:
OK, I would hire that man to do anything, anywhere. Here's how the interview would go:
"Well, Mr. Whatever, I see that you haven't actually been trained in....."
"I performed an appendectomy on myself. Here's the proof."
"OK, you're hired. Would you mind coming over to the house and nailing my wife? 'Cause I want kids like you."


Win.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 4:08:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By autumnsong:
Originally Posted By Lancair:
And that's why all doctors heading to Antartica go without their appendixes.


Seriously?

Yup.

<meta charset="utf-8"></meta>One of the more unusual specifications is that doctors cannot take their appendix south (understandable due to the extreme isolation and lack of medical back up) – so appendicectomy is often required (a hint – be more organised than me - a few days before Christmas is not the ideal time for an elective operation)

Link Posted: 4/18/2010 5:43:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hard_Rock:
fucking hell. That guy has got balls of pure steel. There is no fucking way I'd ever, ever do that shit.



Then in that situation, you'd DIE.


Would I WANT to do that to myself? No.

Am I TRAINED to do that to myself? No.

But if my only options were to try or die, then I'd die trying or succeed and live.

Without survival, you have nothing....of course. Any means required to survive are justified.


CJ

Link Posted: 4/18/2010 5:47:01 PM EDT
A Corpsman did that on a US sub back in War Two.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 5:56:09 PM EDT
Originally Posted By scotchymcdrinkerbean:
OK, I would hire that man to do anything, anywhere. Here's how the interview would go:
"Well, Mr. Whatever, I see that you haven't actually been trained in....."
"I performed an appendectomy on myself. Here's the proof."
"OK, you're hired. Would you mind coming over to the house and nailing my wife? 'Cause I want kids like you."


No shit!
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