Rickman John Godlee

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Rickman John Godlee was born in Upton, Essex, England back in 1849, to Rickman and Mary. After graduation at Tottenham, he continued his education at the University College, London graduating with a B.A.  After that, he received him medical degree from the University of London, winning a gold medal at both is Bachelor and Master of Surgery examinations.

He was appointed assistant surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital, later he was appointed to surgeon at Brompton Hospital, London.  In 1885, he moved to University College Hospital as Emeritus Professor of Clinical Surgery.  He also served as President of the Royal College of Surgeons from 1911-1913 and of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1916-1918.  He died in 1925, he was 76.

What you may not know about Sir Rickman John Godlee, 1st Baronet is that on November 25, 1884 is that he was the first surgeon to perform brain surgery by removing a brain tumor from a patient. 

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James Dray
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Sorry for the different font sizes.  Something happened and I could not fix it.

Mar 31, 2020 02:01 AM #1
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Holy Cow, 1884!  I wonder how well the anethesia worked? Thank goodness for  early pioneers who created opportunities for those who followed.

Mar 31, 2020 03:07 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and medical progress continues to improve.... and we should all be thankful for that.... stay healthy, James.

Mar 31, 2020 03:51 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

It sounds like he had steady hands!

He would be amazed at the technology to perform the same surgery today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 31, 2020 04:44 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Rickman was a pioneer! Some of our current politicians could benefit from his work today! Enjoy your day!

Mar 31, 2020 04:44 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - oh, the advances that are continually made.  This is especially true in medicine.  

Mar 31, 2020 04:47 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Wow, James! It would never have occured to me that the first brain surgery of this kind was in the 19th century.

Mar 31, 2020 04:55 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is some story today about an incredible  man.

Mar 31, 2020 05:22 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

To boldly go where no man has gone before! Rickman was truly a pioneer James Dray 

Mar 31, 2020 06:05 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Interesting but extremely scary in Rickmans time. No X-ray at the time and ...

Happy Tuesday James Dray 

Mar 31, 2020 06:26 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is an amazing feat that he accomplished and definitely paved the way for some amazing things that surgeons are now doing.

Mar 31, 2020 06:31 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Wow, interesting, I am sure there was lots of thought about doing the operation before it actually went ahead, sorry for the pun. As I read more of your daily posts I realize how much vision all these people had and courage to often perservere too.

Mar 31, 2020 07:58 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James and thank goodness for Sir Godlee!!!   So many lives saved!

Mar 31, 2020 08:34 AM #13
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That sure was someting in those days, he sure showed some talent.

Mar 31, 2020 08:56 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This was an amazing feat given how crude the instruments were at the time...He paved the way...A

Mar 31, 2020 10:05 AM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the amazing story of Rickman Godlee.  I am always intrigued by the minds that come up with such medical advancements.

Mar 31, 2020 11:29 AM #16
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - thanks to Rickman John Godlee for leading the way to life saving surgery.

Mar 31, 2020 11:58 AM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I applaud his work and the patient that had the courage to be the first person to undergo such a risky procedure.

Mar 31, 2020 03:01 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow surgeons are amazing and then to do Brain Surgery wow, you need some steady hands and head:)Endre

Mar 31, 2020 10:54 PM #19
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Rickman John Godlee was certainly a groundbreaking doctor and surgeon. His achievements have benefited many and will continue to do so.

May 10, 2020 07:44 AM #20
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