On July 30, 1949, Dr. George C. Balderston decided to operate on himself to see the true effects of local anesthesia. Without any assistance, the good doctor removed his appendix.

The operation was a success and by the next day he was back in business. He performed three tonsillectomies, treated a boy with a back injury, and was awoken at 2:00 AM to make a house call.

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