William Irwin Wolff, M.D., originator of the modern colonoscopy procedure now practiced in well-ventilated clinics around the world, has finally seen the murky light at the end of the long, disgusting tunnel.
After graduating from New York University in 1936, Wolff spent years pioneering the field of colonic investigation. Then he became a doctor.
He was the first to develop a safe method for examining the full length of the colon without having to first unhook it from the family Slip N’ Slide.
As a result, the relatively unknown surgeon “exploded from behind” to become the “Number One” expert on where “Number Twos” come from.
A dedicated intestinal surgeon, Wolff was known for diving headfirst into each procedure, barely stopping even to catch a breath. Friends say there was no impediment that could keep him from getting his hands dirty.
As president of the New York Surgical Society, Wolff published more than 120 scientific papers. All of them double-ply.
Wolff was a gifted speaker, and his colonoscopy lectures would often leave the audience gripping their seats.
Wolff’s procedure inspired several technological advances, the most useful being a wire loop attached to the end of the endoscopic device that doctors now use to remove car keys.
Wollf’s last request was that his sons might continue his legacy taint-free.