Addenbrooke’s’ first open-heart operation

On the 10 January 1975 Addenbrooke’s first open-heart operation took place. The operation was on a 15 year old boy and was the first of six planned at Addenbrooke’s. The previous year the Hospitals Medical Committee had set up a programme to provide experience and training in open-heart surgery for medical, nursing and other staff. …

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Nineteenth Century research at Addenbrooke’s

Sir George Murray Humphry was one of the giants of Cambridge medicine in the nineteenth century and surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for 52 years.  He was elected surgeon in 1842 and he immediately began to use the hospital with the deliberate design of making a school of Medicine in Cambridge.  Although the hospital was small …

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Is nut butter better than butter?

A meeting of the Hospital’s House Sub-committee held on 29 November 1915 recorded that the Visiting Governors has suggested ‘in consequence of the increased price of butter, Nut butter should be substituted as an experiment’.  The Committee approved of the substitution. A later meeting of the same committee held on 16 January 1916 records that …

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