The Only Doctor In Antarctica Got Sick In 1960, And What Happened Is Ridiculously Insane.

Dr. Leonid Rogozov was already a highly respected general practitioner in his home country of Russia when he was chosen to be the lone medical officer on the sixth Soviet Antarctic expedition in 1960.

While that would be a great honor worthy of remembrance in itself, it’s the bizarre and frankly unbelievable surgery he performed while out on the desolate frozen planes that cemented his place in history.

This is Dr. Leonid Rogozov, a well respected Soviet general practitioner from the Siberian region of Chita Oblast.


In 1960, he was chosen by the Soviet Committee on Antarctic Research to be the lone doctor on the sixth Soviet Antarctic expedition.


As the only medical professional at Novolazarevskaya Station, Leonid was responsible everyone’s health. But when he fell gravely ill with appendicitis himself, no one was sure what to do.


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