Surgery Saved the Day


Title:
Surgery Saved the Day
Creator:
Spencer, Steven M.
Date:
1953
Description:
In the early 1950s Koop pioneered the use of a shunt for draining excess cerebrospinal fluid from the brain (called hydrocephalus, or "water on the brain") into the peritoneal cavity (located in the lower abdomen), thereby preventing an abnormal enlargement of the head and resulting mental retardation. In his autobiography, Koop recounts that after reports of his successful treatment appeared in the media, reports such as this one in The Saturday Evening Post, parents from all parts of the country arrived at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, some of them by house trailer, in search of relief for their hydrocephalitic children.
Periodical:
Saturday Evening Post
Publisher:
Curtis Publishing Company
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Saturday Evening Post.
Genre:
Articles
Subject:
Hydrocephalus, General Surgery, and Pediatrics
Format:
Text
Extent:
4 pages
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Periodical. Spencer, Steven M. "Surgery Saved the Day." Saturday Evening Post, (1953). Article. 4 Images.. Saturday Evening Post
Legacy ID:
QQBCJW
NLM ID:
101584930X570
Profiles Collection:
The C. Everett Koop Papers
Story Section:
Biographical Information