The present Doodle celebrates Russian surgeon, professor, poet, and author Dr. Vera Gedroits on her 151st birthday.
Dr. Gedroits is credited as the country’s first female military surgeon and one of the world’s first female professors of surgery, who saved incalculable lives through her fearless service and innovations in the field of wartime medicine.
Vera Ignatievna Gedroits was born on this day in 1870 into a prominent family of Lithuanian royal descent in Kiev, at that point part of the Russian Empire.
In her late teens, she left Russia to study medicine in Switzerland. Dr. Gedroits got back at the turn of the 20th century, and she soon began her pioneering medical career as the surgeon at a factory hospital.
At the point when the Russo-Japanese War broke out in 1904, Dr. Gedroits volunteered in as a surgeon on a Red Cross hospital train. Under threat of enemy fire, she performed complex abdominal operations in a changed railway car with such exceptional achievement that her technique was adopted as the new norm by the Russian government.
Following her battlefield service, Dr. Gedroits worked in as a specialist for the Russian regal family before her get back to Kiev, where she was professor of surgery at the University of Kiev in 1929.
She authored several medical papers on nutrition and surgical treatments during her time as an professor, however her ability as an author was not restricted to academics. Dr. Gedroits also published multiple collections of poems, and several nonfiction works, including the 1931 memoir simply titled “Life,” which recounted the story of her personal journey that prompted service on the front lines in 1904.
Thank you, Vera Gedroits, for pushing the world of medicine forward, even with the chances stacked against you.