Pediatric surgery has a rich history. To enrich APSA's 50th anniversary meeting, Dr. Don Nakayama wrote short vignettes celebrating the people who, and achievements that, have contributed to the field and saved so many lifetimes. Enjoy!
#1. Who was Ladd’s mentor? It might have been James Stone. Who?
#2. The first full-time surgeon wasn't Ladd. His name was Herbert Coe.
#3. No, Ladd wasn’t the second full-time pediatric surgeon, either. That was Oswald Wyatt.
#4. C. Everett Koop was the fifth choice to become the first surgeon-in-chief at the CHOP.
#5. Sir Lancelot of Paediatric Surgery and the aphorism, “a child is not a little adult”.
#6. The inspired afterthought that led to correcting the uncorrectable.
#7. The lost chapter, or why Gross’s 1953 textbook was ‘only’ 1,000 pages long.
#8. APSA in the military.
#9. Frédet, Ramstedt – who did what in surgery for pyloric stenosis? And don’t forget James Nicholl.
#10. Scientific discovery from lambs in a Pennsylvania barn to rats in a Manhattan apartment.
#11. Alberto Peña versus the experts.
#12. What’s in a name? The changing names of children’s hospitals.
#13. Robert Gross dismisses Helen Taussig’s suggestion and misses a chance at making surgical history…Oh wait…
#14. They put the word “collaboration” in the multidisciplinary care of childhood solid tumors.
#15. The part-time pediatric surgeons the field needed to get its start.
#16. Charles Mixter and his contribution to surgery for esophageal atresia.
#17. Helen Noblett, the most accomplished woman pediatric surgeon you’ve never heard of.
#18. Chance favors the prepared mind. Judah Folkman and sustained release of drugs from silicone rubber.
#19. It seemed like a good idea: The story of inversion appendectomy.
#20. What's in a name?
#21. "You might not be able to make a living operating only on children."
#22. The stoma story.
#23. 'No language but a cry.'
#24. Surgical patients belong on a surgical service.
#25. C. Everett Koop, Baby Doe, and Baby Jane Doe
#26. Willis Potts and the other contribution of pediatric surgery to cardiovascular operations.
#27. Lester Martin and the teen who died rather than have a stoma.
#28. Dale Johnson's central line.
#29. Pediatric surgery’s contribution to trauma management.
#30. James Densler and Samuel Rosser, pioneering black pediatric surgeons.
#31. Koop, Clatworthy, and the Ladd-Gross rapprochement
#32. Advice from a Dutch uncle.
#33. Two meetings that got things started.
#34. The exclusive inclusivity of APSA.
#35. “Gentlemen, you have your boards!”