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episode 237: Revolutionary Surgeons: Patriots and Loyalists on the Cutting Edge, with Dr. Per-Olof Hasselgren


Dr. Per-Olof Hasselgren is a practicing surgeon and author of the recent book Revolutionary Surgeons: Patriots and Loyalists on the Cutting Edge, which is a profile of eleven Revolutionary War surgeons. Dr. Hasselgren joined Jake to discuss the Boston physicians, brothers, and brothers in arms Joseph and John Warren. Joseph is famous for arranging the lantern signal from Old North and dispatching Paul Revere on his famous ride, as well as for his heroic death at Bunker Hill. His little brother John followed him into politics and medicine, and went on to found Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Hasselgren brings a unique perspective to the conversation, examining the medical careers of these eminent physicians through a physician’s eyes. The episode explores how 18th century physicians learned their craft, how they earned a living, and how they intermingled medicine and politics, as well as how surgery was changing during the Revolution and the groundbreaking surgery pioneered by John Warren and his son John Collins Warren.

Full show notes: http://HUBhistory.com/237/

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Revolutionary Surgeons

Dr. Per-Olof Hasselgren is a practicing endocrine surgeon at Beth Israel, and he has an endowed chair at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hasselgren has written books on thyroid cancer, sepsis, and the use of anatomical words in English slang. He has a longstanding interest in surgical and American history, but Revolutionary Surgeons is his first book of history.

Follow Dr. Hasselgren on Facebook or learn more about his work and his earlier publications on his website.


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 2021-12-06  1h18m