The award winning documentary Halsted is true story of the most important and innovative surgeon America ever produced. The successful, daring and innovative William Halsted pioneered the use of local anesthesia, but at a terrible price — in the process of revolutionizing surgery he became addicted to cocaine and was institutionalized (imagine being institutionalized in 1886). His friend and colleague William Welch gave Halsted a second chance at the newly established Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Halsted went on to become the first chairman of surgery. This story follows a man who rose to prominence, plummeted into addiction, and then rose again, like a phoenix, to become one of the most influential physicians of the 20th century.