TIL in 1847 Robert Liston amputated a mans leg in under 2.5 minutes operaterating so quickly he amputated the fingers of his assistant as well. Both later died from gangrene and a spectator reportedly dropped dead from fright making it the only known operation with a 300% mortality rate.
Oscar winning actor Robert Montgomery (1904-1981), joined the U.S. Navy and served as Naval Attache on British destroyers hunting U-boats. He became a PT boat commander, and participated in the D-Day invasion on board a Destroyer. Montgomery served five years of active war duty, was awarded a Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Ribbon, the European Theater Ribbon with 2 Battle Stars, one Overseas Service Bar, and promoted to the rank of Lt. Commander.
Dr. Robert Liston (1794-1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon who was noted for his skill and speed in an era before anaesthetics, Only 1 in 10 of Listons patients died and he was once timed whislt performing a leg amputation, from the first incision to the final cutting of the suture threads it only took 2 1/2 minutes.
Robert Liston. 1794-1847. Scottish surgeon pioneered amputation prior to anesthetics—amputated leg in record 2.5 minutes! "Fastest knife in the West End". In his fury he sliced off an assistant's fingers, a patient's testicles, etc.