Francis John Murphy 1900-1972
Francis John Murphy was born in Oldham, South Dakota. He was
educated in Alberta Canada and studied at Magill University in Montreal. As with many
other anaesthetist of the time, when the call to war came he enlisted in the
American Navy in 1942.
He however suggested the “Murphy
eye” in 1941, this is the hole that you commonly see at the right tip of the
endotracheal tube, between the leading edge of the bevel and the cuff.
it was taken on by Magill and all his design of endotracheal tubes had
them. The Term Murphy's Eye is well understood today, even though the inventor
is not well known in the historical circle
Frank Murphy retired and moved to Idaho, to live his
dream and be a cattle rancher. he was however diagnosed with carcinoma of
the bladder, and died after only two years. he is buried alongside his wife in