Dr. William Halsted

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Dr. William Halsted was pivotal in perfecting surgical procedures and techniques that are still in use in modern times, regardless that they were created over 100 years ago. In the late nineteenth century, Halsted improved sanitary conditions in his residing hospitals in both New York and Baltimore, invented revolutionary surgical procedures, anesthetic practices, and created aseptic techniques to combat the frequency of infections and diseases that occurred post-surgery (William Stewart Halsted, 2007). Besides his contributions to the medical field, Halsted was one of four founders of Johns Hopkins, a prestigious medical college that still exists today (William Stewart Halsted). William Halsted played an integral role in ushering in…show more content…
From 1880 to 1886, Halsted was in the “New York period”, where he was the most exuberant and sociable. Halsted spent his day visiting several places in need of his expertise such as Roosevelt Hospital (running the outpatient department), Bellevue Hospital (where he created the bedside chart), Chambers Street Hospital, Charity Hospital , Emigrant Hospital, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Hruban). It can be assumed from his chaotic day that he liked to keep busy, whether out of a sense of duty to humanity or to stave boredom is unknown. Oddly, Halsted was not known extensively for his revolutionary procedures at this time, but his proficiency at existing techniques. Theodor Kocher, a renowned German surgeon, swapped notes with Halsted (AN EXQUISITE), proving that other doctors valued Halsted’s advice and respected his knowledge. However, while Halsted had a reputation as a socially active man and good doctor, he was not world renowned until after 1886, the end of his time in New York. Halsted first showed signs of ingenuity when his family was in jeopardy. Halsted’s sister began hemorrhaging after delivering her child, the attending doctors gave her up as a lost cause. Luckily, Halsted was nearby and took over, saving her life by performing one of the first blood transfusions in the U.S., using himself as a test subject. Tragedy almost struck again when Halsted’s mother had
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