I’ve always been fascinated by the history of medicine and nursing. That’s why I have a degree in medical history as well as nursing.
So I was delighted when the folks at Fusion sent me this YouTube video with an invitation to put in on my blog:
The Doctor Who Jammed a Catheter Into His Heart
In just a couple minutes it tells the interesting tale of Dr. Werner Forssmann, who in 1929 had the crazy idea to thread a catheter through his arm and into his heart (he wasn’t allowed to experiment on others). He was fired for being a rogue researcher, but 30 years later was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine. And cardiac catheterization is one of the most common procedures in medicine today.
Sacrificed is a Fusion original web series in which we share the stories of scientists so passionate about their research, they use themselves as human guinea pigs, subjecting their bodies to dangerous conditions and diseases in a valiant (though sometimes misguided) search for the truth.
I can’t wait to see more Sacrificed videos!
Related reading just for fun: