On the 151st birth anniversary, Russian surgeon, poet, author, professor Dr. Vera is honored by Google with a google doodle. Vera Gedroits was the world's first female military surgeon, one of the world's first professors of surgery. She was also the first woman to work as a physician at the Imperial Palace of Russia.
Dr. Vera had saved a number of lives with her fearless contribution and innovations in the field of medicines. During the Russo-Japanese war, her initiative, against the established policies, to perform abdominal surgery on the battlefield changed the way battlefield medicine was performed.
For the treatment of abdominal wounds, she introduced the application of Laparotomy. At that crucial time, she performed the complex surgery in a railway car, later the Russian government adopted her techniques as new standards.
During the time, she worked as the professor she authored various medical papers on nutrition and surgical treatments. Vera also published multiple poems including a number of non-fictional works like 1931 memoir simply tilted as "Life". This book is her biography which deals with the story of her life from a surgery student to her service on the front line in 1904.
Dr. Vera was born on 19th April 1870 in Lithuanian Royal Family Kiev, then a part of the Russian Empire. She completed her study in Switzerland and returned to her home in the 20th century. Soon after returning to the home town Dr. Vera Gedroit started her career as a surgeon in a factory hospital. As a young physician, she was concerned about the poor hygiene standards, malnutrition and sanitation and she worked on the path to improve the conditions.