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Sexism & Surgery: A Surgical Leader Falters

April 19, 2011 6:20 am | by Skeptical Scalpel, MD | Comments

A well-known academic surgeon was “hoist with his own petard” via an unusual commentary he wrote in his capacity as editor of Surgery News, the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Lazar Greenfield, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan and inventor of the Greenfield filter, a device used for prevention of pulmonary embolus (clots traveling to the lungs), was forced to resign his position as editor and also as president-elect of the ACS.

Sexism Charges Divide Surgeons’ Group

April 19, 2011 5:39 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

A Valentine’s Day editorial in the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons has set off a firestorm of controversy that has divided the largest professional organization of surgeons in the country and raised questions about the current leadership and its attitudes toward women and gay and lesbian members.

Can Doctors Learn Surgical Skills On YouTube & Facebook?

April 18, 2011 6:05 am | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Comments

I am a self-taught bass guitarist in a church band, and, to be honest, it sometimes shows. I know I need to improve my skills, but time commitments make formal lessons difficult. So two days ago I opened up YouTube and entered “bass guitar lessons” into the search box. 19,000 hits registered.


Introducing The First Intubation Robot

April 18, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

McSleepy developer uses "KIS" to increase precision and safety of intubation April 18, 2011 First there was McSleepy™. Now it’s time to introduce the first intubation robot operated by remote control. This robotic system named The Kepler Intubation System (KIS), and developed by Dr.

What ‘Big Medicine’ Means For Doctors And Patients

April 15, 2011 6:31 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

A colleague described a recent meeting at his hospital by saying that five years ago, most of the physicians in the room had been like him, independent owners of small group practices. Now a majority were employees of the hospital. “I’m a dying breed,” he said, “and it’s getting harder to survive.

It's Time

April 13, 2011 6:42 am | by Jeffrey Parks, MD, | Comments

I was asked to see a 95 year old lady with severe abdominal pain a few weeks ago. She had been admitted to the hospital with complaints of fatigue and chest palpitations. Suddenly one morning she developed severe, sharp abdominal pain. Her heart was racing in the 130's. The Xray technicians were just leaving her room when I arrived.

Designed For Nuclear Meltdown

April 13, 2011 6:42 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Comments

A unique material tries to find its way into the hands of the brave rescue workers fighting to prevent Japan’s nuclear crisis. April 13, 2011 Exposure to ionizing radiation is believed to be dangerous for humans. The rays or particles can damage human tissue based on the exposure; typically, the more radiation, the more damage.


General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery & The Surgical Hospitalist

April 12, 2011 5:45 am | by Skeptical Scalpel, MD | Comments

As medicine adapts to the 21st century, new specialties arise. General surgery is seeing two new fields emerge. One is “Acute Care Surgery,” which encompasses three facets of general surgery—emergency surgery, critical care and trauma care. The other is the concept of a surgical hospitalist.


Hybrid Design

April 11, 2011 5:53 am | by Amanda Hankel | Comments

St. Joseph Hospital focused on universal use when choosing the imaging equipment for its hybrid suite. While every facility’s experience building a hybrid OR will be unique to them, learning from others who have completed their project, or are in the midst of it, can help facilitate the process.


The Doctors' Dining Room

April 11, 2011 5:52 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. (attributed) - Pericles     Before I went to medical school, I worked as an orderly in a private hospital. It was not glamorous work, but I loved the people.

Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

April 8, 2011 6:06 am | Comments

Ryerson biomedical engineering students Michal Prywata and Thiago Caires' prosthetic arm is controlled by brain signals, which is a first in medical prosthetics. Two Ryerson University undergraduate biomedical engineering students are changing the world of medical prosthetics with a newly developed prosthetic arm that is controlled by brain signals.

Is A Well-Rested Doctor A Better Doctor?

April 8, 2011 6:02 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Recently, I saw a young friend who is training to be a surgeon. Extremely bright and the recipient of numerous medical school awards for her work with patients, she had been anxious as a student about the grueling hours she would face once she began working as a junior surgeon on the wards. Now she was laughing over those old fears.

Selecting And Wearing The Proper Face Mask

April 5, 2011 6:28 am | by Scott Harrison | Comments

An estimated 500,000 health care workers are exposed to electrosurgical, or laser smoke, annually1, also subjecting them to the toxic gases, vapors, bioaerosols and viruses that have been found within it. Considering the hazards of surgical smoke, it is hard to ignore the importance of wearing proper facial protection.


Doctors Who Want A Life

April 5, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

The Rise Of Desktop Medicine

April 4, 2011 5:57 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Recently, a colleague lamented a change she had noticed among the young doctors at her hospital. “They are always in front of the hospital computers,” she said. “I never see them with patients, but I can always find them sitting at a terminal.” She paused for a moment, then added uncomfortably: “These days I probably spend as much time looking at the office computer as I do looking at patients.


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