February 26, 2009 §
Peter and Nelly Block with their twin daughters. Photo: Keith Weller © Johns Hopkins Magazine.
Just read a brilliant article from a 2005 issue of the Johns Hopkins Magazine, describing an operation to separate two conjoined twins.
Full of suspense and surgical insight, it is one of the most well written descriptions of surgery I’ve ever read. It had me on the edge of my seat and, being a father myself, it almost moved me to tears.
It’s a detailed deconstruction of the difficult steps in a 30 hour long operation to separate the two 10 month old twin girls. Like no other piece I’ve read, it puts across an understanding of the important tasks of all the professions in the surgical team, from the scrub tech to the anesthesiologist. Read it!
Thanks to T for the tip.