Turning the Pages
May 28, 2009 § 1 Comment
The National Library of Medicine hosts a great web project called Turning the Pages. Using a flash-based interface, they let you read old medical tomes like Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica and Ambroise Paré’s Oeuvres by literally turning the pages. The books are also filled with curator’s notes on the text and illustrations. This is as close as most of us will get to a hands-on experience. Excellent!
The illustration above is from page 559 of De Humani Corporis Fabrica.
1800s Surgical Kit Explained
May 21, 2009 § 1 Comment
More Hand Drill Brain Surgery
May 20, 2009 § 1 Comment
A year ago I wrote a post on a British neurosurgeon who regularly travelled to Ukraine to operate, having to use a household hand drill for the craniotomies due to a lack of surgical equipment in the country. This week, a doctor in rural Australia saved a boy’s life using the same kind of tool. « Read the rest of this entry »
Breaking the Ice
May 14, 2009 § 4 Comments
I usually meet a patient for the first time when I show up to take some photos or shoot a video. The doctor or nurses treating the patient will have informed the patient and asked for his or her permission. But although they have agreed, most patients are a bit nervous of a camera (and yet another person in scrubs) entering into their hospital life. By the time I arrive, ice have formed. « Read the rest of this entry »
YouTube Surgery: Total Hip Replacement
May 12, 2009 § 12 Comments
My father-in-law had a total hip replacement a few weeks ago. I’m glad he didn’t watch this video before his surgery. This is why I usually remove all OR sound from my videos and have my pictures show actual surgery and not just a big red blur with metal instruments in it…
This game, on the other hand, was very educating.
YouTube Surgery: Carotid Endarterectomy
May 1, 2009 § 2 Comments
This is a video of a carotid endarterectomy, the removal of plaque from the carotid artery to prevent stroke. « Read the rest of this entry »