Eric Muhe

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Prof. Dr. Eric Muhe  (1938 - 2005) Much has been written about who gets the glory of having performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Many famous names are in the annals of Surgery listed as pioneers in this field: Perissat, Berci, Mouret, Dubois, Sepulveda, Reddick, McKernan, Saye, Lizana, and others. Eric M?he was usually not mentioned, but there is no doubt that on September 12, 1985, Dr. M?he performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy using a device of his own design (Galloscope) which maintain pneumoperitoneum and doubled as a laparoscope. 

Dr. M?he was an avid cyclist. He once  told me that he was looking at bicycle metal tubing when looking through it, he thought that he could obtain access to the abdomen and the gallbladder. I am privileged to have known him and  I was sad to learn that he passed in 2005. Dr. Miranda

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Prof Dr. Eric Muhe