Vera Gedroyts was honored by Google Doodle on the occasion of her 151st birthday, on April 19, 2021. The Russian surgeon and professor, who is also an author and poet, is considered the first female military surgeon in Russia, in addition to being one of the world’s first female professors of surgery. Google thanks Dr. Gedroytz for moving the world of medicine forward at a time when chances were set against it.
In his Note describes the doodle Vera Gedroits in detail, Google reveals that it is seen only in some parts of the world: Russia, India, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Google Doodle shows that the first letter “O” has been replaced by an X-ray image, and the second “O” is Dr. Gedroyts herself, dressed as a surgeon.
The technical giant also writes that Dr. Vera Gedroytz “has saved countless lives through her fearless service and innovations in wartime medicine.” The post also describes that she volunteered as a surgeon on a Red Cross hospital train during the Russo-Japanese War, which began in 1904. “Under threat of enemy fire, she performed complex abdominal surgeries in a converted rail car with such unprecedented success, its technique has been accepted as a new standard by the Russian government, “Google writes.
After serving on the battlefield, Vera Gedroyts also worked as a surgeon for the Russian royal family before returning to Kiev. She was hired to teach pediatric surgery at the Kiev Medical Institute in 1921. Dr. Gedroyts was appointed professor of surgery at Kiev University in 1929.
Born Vera Ignatievna Gedroyts in 1870 into a royal family in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, then part of the Russian Empire, she left Russia as a teenager to study medicine in Switzerland. She returned home in the early 20th century and began her shattering medical career as a surgeon in a factory hospital.
In addition to her pioneering work in surgery and during the war, Vera Gedroyc is the author of numerous medical documents on nutrition and surgical treatment. Interestingly, academic writing was not her only strength. Dr. Gedroytz also published numerous collections of poetry and several non-fiction works, including the 1931 memoir, entitled simply Life. This was the story of her journey, which led to the beginning of her service on the front lines in 1904.
Gedroytz was diagnosed with cancer in 1931 and died in March 1947 at the age of 78. The world thanks Vera Gedroytz for her tremendous contribution to medicine and for being a leading light for many other women who have chosen the same path to serve society.