Yo mammae

April 8, 2008 § 5 Comments

I was filming a nipple reconstruction. The last in a series of operations to reconstruct the right breast of a woman in her sixties. She’d had a mastectomy for breast cancer. This final operation would be the end of a long and winding treatment.

I had only filmed with this plastic surgeon (PS) once before. Then he’d complained about the senior surgeon’s music and demanded to play Metallica the next time they’d operate together. The nipple reconstruction was being done at the outpatient department. As I entered the small OR, PS was rummaging a drawer full of pink caps. “I have to find a green cap,” he said. “I can’t possibly appear on camera with a pink one!” « Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Rounds

April 8, 2008 § Leave a comment

Check out this weeks Grand Rounds – the best of the medical blogosphere – over at Dr. Wes.

As he’s a cardiologist, this week’s posts are neatly categorized by their appropriate cardiovascular term.

My post Diagnosis and aspiration is featured under the “Heartfelt” banner:

The Sterile Eye reflects on the gnosis of diagnosis by biopsy.

Don’t forget to visit the Grand Rounds archive and schedule.

Diagnosis and aspiration

April 4, 2008 § 3 Comments

Bone biopsy needle

diagnosis
1. the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition.
2. the decision reached from such an examination.

gnosis
knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.

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