Going through surgery is stressful, but performing surgery on yourself is more unbelievable. More than a hundred years ago, Romanian surgeon Alexandru Tzaicu was doing just that. He was only 26 years old when he performed a hernia surgery on himself.
It was a successful experiment which allowed him to get a Ph.D. According to momenteistorice.ro, Tzaicu was put under anesthesia using stove and strychnine. The whole experiment was described in two scientific papers ” The general riahanesthesia” by Thomas Ionescu and ” Stomatology treaty” by Raymond Nogue.
The surgery took place on September 23rd, 1909 at the Saint Mary sanatory in Iasi. Professor Ernest Juvara and other doctors, including a photographer were present at the event for the first hernia auto-surgery in the world. Back then, any type of surgery was risky. Nevertheless, Tzaicu wanted to prove that Ionescu’s rahianesthesia is working. The doctor said that he was not encouraged by anyone and nobody agreed with his opinions. More than that, everyone was against this surgery mostly because a patient would not be able to be operated by sitting upwards.
The surgery room was prepared and just in case things went wrong, the doctors have prepared artificial serum, ether, caffeine and camphor oil.
In 1961 27-year-old Leonid Rogozov from Russia also performed an appendicitis surgery on himself while in Antarctica.