On Monday, google honored Dr. Vera Gedroits on her 151st birth anniversary with the special doggle mark. She was Russia’s first female military surgeon, poet, professor and author Dr. Vera Gedroits. She was the world’s first female professor.
On doggle marked , Google said, “Thank you, Vera Gedroits, for pushing the world of medicine forward, even with the odds stacked against you.”
Dr Gedroits was born in 1870 into a family of Lithuanian royal descent in Kiev, which was then a part of the Russian Empire. She left Russia and study in Switzerland at her teen age and returned back and started her career as surgeon in factory hospital. In Russian-Japanese war in 1984 she volunteered as surgeon. She performed abdominal operations in converted railway car with such a great success that her technique was taken as new standard in Russian government. She innovated the method of laparotomy (surgical cut into the abdominal cavity) for treating penetrating wounds and formed new standard in Russian government.
she worked as a surgeon for the Russian royal family before her return to home, where she was appointed as professor of surgery at the University of Kiev in 1929. She has authored several papers on nutrition, surgical treatments, and wrote a book on her experiences as an industrial doctor. In 1912, she was awarded as a doctorate of medicine by the University of Moscow, for her work in hernia repair. In 1914, she published one more book titled Surgical Discourses for Nurses and Doctors. She was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 1931 and died in March 1947, aged 61.