Ernst Morch, born in 1908, was an important doctor in the field of anesthesiology (using gases or drugs to lessen pain, especially before surgery). He became interested in this when he was 5 years old and had his tonsils removed without any anesthesia, which was incredibly painful. He developed medical equipment, learned new techniques, and administered new drugs that helped advance medicine and make surgeries far less painful.
World War II activities
The Nazis didn't want news about what was really happening in the war to get out to the public, so Dr. Mørch and his colleagues set up a receiver on the roof of the hospital so they could listen to the BBC—the British Broadcasting Company that was a radio station reporting on the war. They then reported what they heard in their underground paper. They also snuck out information they learned about the Nazis to authorities in England.
Saving Danish jews
His second life-saving formula
After the war, Dr. Mørch rode on one of the buses sent by the Danish government to Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany to bring home the Danish citizens who were held there. The prisoners there had been starved for a long time, so when they were given food and milk, they quickly died because their bodies couldn't handle suddenly eating and drinking like normal. Dr. Mørch figured out that small shots of beer, given every 30 minutes along with injected vitamins over the slow ten-day drive back to Denmark, could save thousands. These buses ended up transporting more than just the Danish people and ended up saving 280,000 concentration camp victims.
Bessette, Claire. “Son of Danish WWII Hero Relays Events to Norwich Students.” The Day, 24 Feb. 2016, https://web.archive.org/web/20160225093140/www.theday.com/article/20160223/NWS01/160229657.
Rosenberg, Henry, and Jean K. Axelrod. “Ernst Trier Mørch: Inventor, Medical Pioneer, Heroic Freedom Fighter.” Anesthesia & Analgesia, International Anesthesia Research Society, https://journals.lww.com/anesthesia-analgesia/fulltext/2000/01000/ernst_trier_m_rch__inventor,_medical_pioneer,.43.aspx.
January 2000 - Volume 90 - Issue 1 - p 218-221
I often struggle to find websites with thorough explanations in simple language to help kids understand historical events or scientific concepts, so I decided to create some of my own!