"Courage, courage, courage, courage, courage.... This mystery is not so great." This is what Rachel said as she cradled my head and whispered into my ear. She stroked my head and kissed me on the kepe.
Hanna Rose has been very ill and thus has not been able to place any entries for several months. Her husband, the "Historian", yours truly, as you can guess (vide infra) is a physician and is taking up her cudgel. I do not write as well or as easily as she which will result in far less frequent entries. One final note, please pray for her.
Reflections on William Halsted
William Stewart Halsted (1852 – 1922) was, and still is, the
most famous American surgeon. He was one of the founding faculty members of
Johns Hopkins University, which was consciously set up to be the finest medical
institution in the world. Instrumental in pioneering aseptic technique, use of
rubber gloves in surgery, wearing surgical garb rather than street clothes,
wound healing, vascular surgery, mastectomies, hernia work, and excision of
goiters, he was, and is, the father of modern surgical training. Many of the
finest physicians of the first half of the 20th century considered him to be
For example, William Sidney Thayer said, "In Halsted's
little operating room with the old wooden table, the antiseptic technique was
so perfect that there was never a moment of anxiety. I could not believe my
eyes. It was like stepping into a new world. At this time Halsted's technique
was unique, the sureness and perfection of his results seem to me then… The
nearest thing to a miracle that it has been given to me to witness."