Turning the Pages

May 28, 2009 § 1 Comment

vesalius-p559The 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

unboxing1Head over to MedGadget to see what’s hiding in this 19th century surgical kit. A fascinating look at pre-anesthesia surgery with Dr. Laurie Slater, editor of medical antiques website Phisick.

More Hand Drill Brain Surgery

May 20, 2009 § 1 Comment

Nicholas Rossi (13) after the emergency craniotomy.

Nicholas Rossi (13) after the emergency craniotomy.

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

Icebreaker

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 § 11 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.

Nauseated

May 11, 2009 § 2 Comments

nausea

I read this interesting article by an American surgeon on getting used to cutting people, and it got me thinking of one of the most common reactions I get from non-medical colleagues and friends when talking about or showing my work: Don’t you get nauseated?

My office is the office closest to a door used by all the smokers in my department. I usually work with my door open, so whenever I’m editing and someone’s on their way to a smoke, there’s a lot of OMGs and yucks to be heard. A few are intrigued and stops for a while, but most rush past, making sure not to watch the computer screens. They cannot understand how I can stand working with this stuff. « Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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