Legendary surgeon gave 25 years to Norilsk healthcare
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Legendary surgeon gave 25 years to Norilsk healthcare

March 22, 2021

March 23 marks the 105th anniversary of the famous medical dynasty ancestor’s birth.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Traumatologist Alexander Karpushin arrived in Norilsk with his wife Vera, also a doctor, in the early 1960s. The family of doctors had four children, three of whom also became doctors.

The contribution of Karpushin Sr. to the Norilsk healthcare is related to orthopedics and traumatology. A graduate of the Military Medical Academy in 1939 became a participant in the Soviet-Finnish war, went through the entire Great Patriotic War, returned alive and with an award – the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

In Norilsk, the chief traumatologist was the first to introduce many modern methods of treatment. This made it possible to provide specialized care on the spot, without sending patients to the capital. He passed on the methods of reconstructive and plastic surgery to his sons.

Until the last days of his life, Karpushin Sr. headed the scientific society of orthopedic traumatologists he created in Norilsk. During those years, the doctors of the northern city developed strong scientific and practical ties with many domestic specialists in this field.

Alexander Karpushin died in Norilsk in January 1985, several months before the fortieth anniversary of the Great Victory.

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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel polar division archive

March 22, 2021

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