Warning: This blog contains TMI.

So…the other day when I was at my regularly scheduled colonoscopy I had my usual discussion with the technicians about the days when I was in college that were PRE- flexible exam. Reminiscing about the torture like contraption I was strapped into, upside down, no less, and the student nurse who fainted while she WATCHED my procedure.

It got me thinking….I don’t know the names of most famous people, but I do know a few. But just who invented the wonderful ability to use a flexible scope, down to the tiniest used for minute surgeries?

So I looked it up.

Well, no, I didn’t look it up because that implies going to the library, searching the card catalog for topics related—which was hard when you didn’t exactly know the name of something—and then finding or requesting the documents, which you may or may not be allowed to check out..and asking the librarian for help when the system failed you…and….and…

Nope. I typed it into a rectangular box and watched to see what would pop up, scrolled past the ads and started to flick through web pages dedicating about three seconds to each until I found what I was looking for.

I couldn’t find it.

I was on page 8–not finding what I was looking for–with descriptions of the process, how to prepare for the procedure, history of colon and bowel disease, when I changed my search term.

History of…who invented…difference between rigid and flexible…


Well, not nothing, but not what I was looking for.

The only thing I could come up with was that Philipp Bozzini, a German physician born to an aristocratic Italian family used an eyepiece and a candle and a mirror in 1806. After that a few different doctors improved the design, each with their own particular orifice in mind…nasal surgery, laparasopic brain surgery…you get the picture.

Oh..and Lespinasse was the first to use a cystoscope to perform fulguration of the choroid plexus! (Uhhh….yeah….right…more words to type into the little rectangle.)


How did I ever live without a search engine?

The Stone Age, the Bronze age and the Iron age.

The Industrial Age, The Information Age.

Like I said…too much information.