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Rudolf Nissen: The man behind the fundoplication

“There is no history, only biography.” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1839) Our interest in the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nissen began soon after we moved to Brooklyn and were told that the surgeon whose technique of fundoplication is used so often in clinical practice worked for more than 10 years in Brooklyn within a short walking distance from our hospital. This amazed us, because we always thought that Nissen was either Swiss or German. If so, we wondered, what was he doing in Brooklyn? We started to search for answers to these questions, and very quickly what began as an attempt to satisfy our curiosity evolved into a lengthy project. Our own protracted move across a few continents into Brooklyn was perhaps an incentive to approach this topic with a touch of personal vein. The effort invested in this work involved a diverse set of sources that may indeed be a part of the story.</P><h5>Official biography</h5> Only a few hours of searching the Medline and walking the isles of the Cornell Medical Library started to unveil Nissen's complex biography. A cryptic footnote in Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery states: “Rudolf Nissen, contemporary, formerly Professor of Surgery, Istanbul, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Surgery Elsevier
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