Although most widely recognized for the two types of gastric reconstructions that bear his name, Christian Albert Theodor Billroth was one of the most innovative surgeons of his time. His contributions included developing techniques for procedures on the larynx, breast, and esophagus. He pioneered sterility and antisepsis in operating rooms. He also improved surgical education by advocating for longer apprenticeships, which helped create a framework for today’s residency programs. However, what often goes unnoticed was Dr. Billroth’s love for music, a passion that fueled him throughout his life.
Recommended CitationHartendorp, B.S., Patrick A.; Yeo, MD, Charles J.; and Maxwell, IV, MD, Pinckney J., "Theodor Billroth and his musical life." (2012). Department of Surgery Gibbon Society Historical Profiles. Paper 39.