Russia

“Founder of transplantology” successfully joins two dogs in controversial transplant experiment

February 24, 1954 Moscow, Russia Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov successfully joins two dogs in a controversial transplant experiment Demikhov had previous experimented with dogs, trying to perfect organ transplant with hearts and lungs; his hope was to eventually perform successful organ transplants on humans. After completing several organ transplants, Demikhov began experimenting with creating two-headed dogs.… Continue reading “Founder of transplantology” successfully joins two dogs in controversial transplant experiment

Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

Boy’s severed arm reattached, the first recorded successful reattachment of a completely severed arm

May 23, 1962 Boston, Massachusetts A team of doctors successfully reattach a boy’s severed arm, the first known successful procedure of reattaching a completely-severed limb Everett Knowles (12) had decided to try train hopping — the act of jumping into or onto a car of a moving train — “just once.” The practice had become… Continue reading Boy’s severed arm reattached, the first recorded successful reattachment of a completely severed arm

Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

Doctor attempts to weigh a soul

April 10, 1901 Massachusetts Dr. Duncan MacDougall begins several experiments on humans and animals to measure a soul’s weight MacDougall’s experiments on humans involved waiting patiently for nursing home patients to pass away naturally. As their time neared, the patients’ beds were placed on industrial scales and their weights carefully recorded before death and directly… Continue reading Doctor attempts to weigh a soul

Germany

The death of the first diagnosed Alzheimer’s patient

April 8, 1906 Frankfurt, Germany Auguste Deter dies at 55 from sepsis resulting from bedsores Deter is best remembered as the first diagnosed Alzheimer's patient. One of her conversations with Dr. Alois Alzheimer which was recorded went: "What is your name?" "Auguste." "Family name?" "Auguste." "What is your husband's name?" she hesitates, finally answers: "I… Continue reading The death of the first diagnosed Alzheimer’s patient