Famous Faces: Ignaz Semmelweis

     It seems like common sense nowadays to wash our hands; after the toilet, before and after eating, after blowing our noses, and especially all throughout the day when you are in the medical field. The “5 Moments of Hand Hygiene” is drilled into us from the first day, and the little pink tubs…

Famous Faces: William Harvey

Hello all! And welcome to another edition in the series that we have lovingly called Famous Faces, in which we examine a famous face in the fascinating history of medicine! This week, we’ll get your pulse pounding, your veins pulsing, and your heart racing by examining the life and works of William Harvey, the discoverer of the…

Famous Faces: Aristotle

Hello all, And welcome to yet another instalment in bloodbonesandbodies’ recurring series which we have lovingly called Famous Faces, in which we explore some of the most influential figures in medicine both today and throughout history. This week, we’re going to be looking at one of the grandfathers of modern medicine, a man whose influence spanned across the four…

Famous Faces: Zbigniew Religa

Unless you have been living under a rock, this photo should be recognisable to you; Dr Zbigniew Religa watching the vital signs of his patient, Tadeusz Żytkiewicz, after an unbelievable 23 hour heart transplant operation with his assistant, Dr Romuald Chichoń, asleep in the corner. This photo was taken in Poland, 1987, and was subsequently chosen by National Geographic as…

Famous Faces: Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger was a woman who encompassed the word provocative, with her distaste for traditional gender roles and defiance in the face of opposition putting her among the most influential women of the 20th century. She has been hailed as a revolutionary figure in the fight for reproductive rights, especially for women, and is the…

Famous Faces: Fred Hollows

Born April 9 1929 in Dunedin, New Zealand, Frederick Hollows was the type of man everyone should hope to emulate. Originally intending to join the priesthood, he soon switched to medicine after attending a mental hospital for some charity work and seeing the amazing work that the doctors achieved there. He enrolled at Ontago Medical School…

Famous Faces: Andreas Vesalius

Born on December 31st 1514, there are few figures throughout history who revolutionised the study, practice, and understanding of medical knowledge quite as profoundly as did the often-accredited “father of anatomy”, Andreas Vesalius. According to Sachiko Kusukawa, Vesalius redefined the ways in which anatomical knowledge was presented within medical texts and was taught within European…