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George Emory was born in Downieville, California back in 1855 to Milton and Amanda. He grew up during the California Gold Rush, when he was 12 his parents went him to Pennsylvania to attend a private school. He returned two years later and attended the California Military Academy and then on to the University of California at Berkeley. He accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy arriving in 1872. He was dismissed from the Naval Academy for hitting another midshipman.
He moved to Meadville, Pennsylvania where he attended Wooster University Medical School and in 1876 he graduated with honors. In 1880 he moved to Tombstone, Arizona Territory where he was only one of three doctors with a medical diploma. He was instrumental in the not guilty of the Earp’s due to his expert knowledge of gunshot wounds. He moved to San Francisco in 1899 where he lost his practice and all of his personal belongings in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. He fell ill during 1910 and died later that same year.
Now can you tell me what he will go down in the history books for? Almost forgot I’m writing about Dr. George Emory Goodfellow.. If that doesn’t help no worries because I’m about to tell you… He is the first recorded surgeon to perform a laparotomy for treatment of a gunshot wound, which is still in use today. Want to top that well okay let’s go on. He was also the first surgeon to perform a perineal prostatectomy to remove an enlarged prostate. He pioneered the use of spinal anesthesia and sterile techniques in treating gunshot wounds. Oh yeah one final thing he is regarded as the first civilian trauma surgeon.