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  • A Matter of Life and Death

    Antarctica, 1961: Dr. Leonid Rogozov has to remove his own appendix.

    There are numerous remarkable true survival stories — yet few can match that of , the Russian doctor who performed surgery on himself to save his own life.

    From September 1960 to October 1962, Leonid Rogozov was a member of the 6th Soviet Antarctic expedition as the only doctor amongst a team of 12 researchers. He was sent to the Novolazarevskaya Station to take part in the construction of the research station and to stay on as the resident doctor. Continue reading

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