January 4, 1885

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1885, the first successful appendectomy was performed by Dr. William Grant on Mary Gartside. Miss Gartside lived, hence the “successful” appellation. Miss Gartside, also known as “Patient 46” when asked about how she felt about surviving the surgery replied, “Those rotten sons of bitches, they said there be drugs to deaden the pain, they said. They said I’d be happy and drugged up, they said. Those bastards took the opium for themselves, they did. If I was a man with land and money, I’d sue’em I would!”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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2 Responses to January 4, 1885

  1. I Am Joe's Appendix says:

    All of this “unnecessary organ” talk is really starting to get under my skin, if I had any, which I don’t (being as I am an internal organ), but my point still stands.

    Cut it out, medical community!

  2. I am Joe's Appendix says:

    No, wait! DON’T cut it out.

    That was a poor choice of words on my part. I just meant stop referring to me as “unnecessary”.

    Can we please just forget I ever said the “C” word? Thanks!

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