Gebrselassie & me

September 29, 2008 § 5 Comments

Only twice as fast as me.

Only twice as fast as me.

I usually don’t write about personal matters outside my professional arena, but I just have to mention this.

Yesterday I ran my first half marathon. I’ve been training for a long time, had some problems along the way, but in the end I was free of injuries and in top shape.

I finished in two hours, three minutes and fifty-eight seconds – 02:03:58.

Also yesterday, Haile Gebrselassie (photo credit), Ethiopian long distance superman, set a new world record in the marathon of two hours, three minutes and fifty-nine seconds – 02:03:59.

Which means I run (almost) exactly half as fast as a world record holder. Not bad :)

Check out SurgeXperiences 207

September 29, 2008 § 1 Comment

The 7th edition of season two of SurgeXperiences is up at Buckeye Surgeon, the blog of American general surgeon Jeffrey Parks.

SurgeXperiences is a biweekly blog carnival, collecting the best of the surgical department of the medical blogosphere. Check out season 1 here. Read this if you would like to host an edition (highly recommended! I’ve hosted three editions myself).

The next edition will be up on October 12th. No host announced yet. Submit your posts here.

SurgeXperiences ambigram created with Ambigram.Matic. Thanks to T for the tip.

FCP markers to FLV cue points

September 25, 2008 § Leave a comment

I just want to share this excellent little application, that lets you convert markers in Final Cut Pro to cue points in a Flash Video file. Saves a lot of time and makes placing cue points a much more accurate business.

The app is made by John Skidgel, and you can download it for free from his website. Read this post on how to use it. It’s an AIR app, so you’ll need to download Adobe AIR (also free) to make it work.


September 25, 2008 § 3 Comments

Alexis Carrel

Alexis Carrel

The history of surgery is the history of great ideas and inventions. Ideas so outrageous, no one had dared to imagine them, before someone did. Like using a piece of intestine to replace a cancerous oesophagus. Inventions so ingenious in their simplicity, the rest of the surgical world must have gone “why didn’t I think of that”, when they were introduced.

One of the most brilliant inventions is, in my opinion, the triangulation method for suturing blood vessels. « Read the rest of this entry »

How did it come to this?

September 20, 2008 § 7 Comments

This is the story of how I ended up working as a medical photographer. It’s not a very long, but quite winding road, that turned out to come almost full circle. « Read the rest of this entry »

Cancer Vixen online

September 17, 2008 § 1 Comment

I just discovered that “Cancer Vixen”, an autobiographical comic book by Marisa Acocella Marchetto is available in its entirety online. « Read the rest of this entry »

Filming transvaginal surgery

September 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

Vesicovaginal fistula

Vesicovaginal fistula

I recently got a question via the contact form concerning the recording of a transvaginal procedure. As this may be interesting to others I post the question and my answer here. If you got any further advise or ideas for solutions to this difficult problem, please don’t hesitate to comment.
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SurgeXperiences 206

September 14, 2008 § 12 Comments



Welcome to the 6th edition of season 2 of SurgeXperiences, the one and only surgical blog carnival. It’s my third time hosting this, and it’s been a very interesting each time. I initially came up with the theme “visuals” for this edition. But as the submissions started to flood my inbox, I soon abandoned it. So although I provide you with some visuals, the blogging this time is too diverse to box in.

The images in this edition are all microscopic photos of stained histologic sections and cytologic smears of different types of cancer. In all its horror, even cancer can at some level be beautiful. This edition of SurgeXperiences presents posts on both the beauty and horrors of the surgical world.
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Project Facade

September 8, 2008 § 1 Comment

Sculpture of William Spreckley.

I recently read about the reconstructive surgery performed by Harold Gillies at the Queen’s Hospital in Sidcup, UK, during World War I. A true pioneer, Gillies is credited with establishing the discipline of plastic surgery. He developed the pedicle tube flap technique and was the first to attempt an (unsuccesful) partial face transplant.

Reconstructive war surgery is usually associated with very graphic photos, not suited for everyone. But the British artist Paddy Hartley came up with an absolutely brilliant way to represent the work of Gillies. « Read the rest of this entry »


September 5, 2008 § 3 Comments

I had a deeply disturbing sensation this week. It was my first operation after the summer vacation, a splenectomy for lymphoma. Very nice to be back in the OR. Maybe a little too nice. « Read the rest of this entry »

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