SurgeXperiences 219

March 15, 2009 § 6 Comments

The hypophysis cerebri in position. Shown in sagittal section. Click to enlarge.

The hypophysis cerebri in position. Shown in sagittal section. Click to enlarge.

Welcome to edition 219 of SurgeXperiences, the one and only blog carnival dedicated to surgery! I suggested “anatomy” as the theme for this edition, and anatomy you’ll get. Gray’s Anatomy.

Now there’s a lot of really impressing and advanced medical illustrations available to students of anatomy and medicine today. But nothing appeals to me like the simple and effective lithographs that accompanied the early editions of the tome of anatomical knowledge that is Gray’s Anatomy. The 1918 edition is in the public domain, and is available in its entirety online. All illustrations here, relating to the submitted posts, are taken from this edition. So once again I present you with a very visual edition. Hope you enjoy it! « Read the rest of this entry »

Separate fates

February 26, 2009 § 3 Comments

Peter and Nelly Block with their twin daughters. Photo: Keith Weller © Johns Hopkins Magazine

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.

Historical medical films on YouTube

February 25, 2009 § 3 Comments

The Wellcome Library, which catalogues books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures on the history of medicine, has started to make their historical medical films available on YouTube.

Over 100 hours of historical films and video is going to be digitized. As of now, 25 videos have been published, the subject matter ranging from public health information on obesity in children to descriptions of surgical procedures, like the removal of a tuberculoma of the brain, shown above.

A great source of both medical history and the history of visual communication in medicine!

Thanks to Thomas for the tip.


December 15, 2008 § 1 Comment

Dr. Leonid Rogozov performing an appendectomy on himself.

Dr. Leonid Rogozov performing an appendectomy on himself.

I always thought the scene in the movie Master and Commander, where Dr. Stephen Maturin performs surgery to remove a bullet on himself, was a bit far-fetched. But it turns out that even in the field of self-surgery, reality surpasses fiction.

As List Universe’s Top 10 list of self-surgeries shows, removing a bullet from your own abdomen is merely an outpatient procedure, compared to what have actually been done over the years.

Thanks to T for the tip!

Very shortlisted

October 22, 2008 § 1 Comment


The diagram explaining The Sterile Eye at VSL:Science

The Sterile Eye was yesterday’s must-see site of the Very Short List:Science collection. Very Short List is a service that offers free, daily e-mails recommending selected items such as websites, movies and books.
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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.

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 »

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 »

Arte y pico award

August 28, 2008 § 4 Comments

Dr. Ramona L. Bates at Suture For a Living showed her appreciation of my blog by giving me this award. This is what she said:

The Sterile Eye who is a Norwegian medical photographer.  I love all the videos he shares with us.  He is very good at his job and writes well too.

I am truly honoured! « Read the rest of this entry »

Check out the SurgeXperiences season finale

June 22, 2008 § 3 Comments

Photo by Christophe MOUSTIER.

Edition 124 of SurgeXperiences, the one and only surgical blog carnival, is up at Notes of an Anesthesioboist.

This is the last edition of the first season of this truly unique biweekly collection of blog post related to surgery. The season finale brilliantly sums up the great variation of subjects and writing styles SurgeXperienes collects. Be sure to check it out!

All 24 editions of the first season are collected here. If you’d like to host an edition, contact carnival founder Jeffrey. He will also be hosting the first edition of season 2, on July 6th at his great blog Monash Medical Student.

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