A Video and a Great Blog

January 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

Two things caught my attention this last week:

  1. The video above, from KORB, directed by Rimantas Lukavicius. Absolutely stunning! Hat tip to Street Anatomy.
  2. The blog Medical Moments in 55 Words, where internist WordDoc writes about her patient encounters using only 55 words. The result has almost haiku-like qualities. Best blog I’ve read in ages!

The Unreusable Syringe

October 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

The reuse of syringes is one of the major causes for the spread of AIDS, and accounts for more deaths annually than malaria.

In this TED Talk, British inventor Marc Koska presents the problem and a low-cost solution.

Filling the Gaps

September 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

I came across this great video clip of Irish comedian Dara O’Briain having a go at homeopathy, nutrinionists and other pseudosciences. I especially liked this passage:

Homeopaths get on my nerves with the ol’ “Well, science doesn’t know everyting.” Well, science KNOWS it doesn’t know everything, otherwise it would’ve stopped. (…) But just ’cause science doesn’t know everything, doesn’t mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairytale most appeals to you.

Hat tip to Life in the Fast Lane.

Sneak Preview

September 9, 2009 § 6 Comments

I’ve been busy the last few weeks editing English voice overs for all my 90+ medical videos at www.oncolex.no. While the English version of the website will not be launched yet, I can give you an exclusive sneak preview of a video right here, right now. Check out this video of a preoperative stoma marking, and tell me what you think!

Surgery’s past, present and robotic future

June 24, 2009 § Leave a comment

Check out this interesting TED talk by surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr, tracing the history of surgery from pre-anesthesia to the newest inventions in robotic surgery.

Hat tip to Vijay.

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 »

YouTube Surgery: How To Pluck a Mass Out of Someone’s Neck

April 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

This is a very informative video on how a neck mass excision is performed, made and uploaded by Dr. Kevin Soh, an ENT surgeon from Singapore.

Combining photos, graphics and video he creates a deeper understanding of a procedure that may seem pretty straight forward. He even puts in a little “poetry” in the captions:

Surgery is like painting – I use fine gentle strokes

The video footage is recorded through an operation microscope, which must be done solely to get good pictures, as an operation like this would not normally include a microscope. The footage is a bit dark and I think a voice over could have added more to this than the music, but all in all I like this video a lot.

Laparoscopic Pancreas Resection

April 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Cutting through the serosa of the pancreas.

Cutting through the serosa of the pancreas.

Two videos I’ve made of surgery for pancreatic cancer was published on www.oncolex.org last week. The first one is a laparoscopic resection of the tail of pancreas. « Read the rest of this entry »

“10 Gory Surgeries” Reviewed Part 1/2

April 6, 2009 § 5 Comments

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WIRED Science has put up an article with “10 Gory Surgical Triumphs on YouTube”. Although their approach is somewhat sensasionalist, the idea to collect surgical videos available on YouTube is good. It has actually inspired me to start a series of posts where I’ll pick a surgical video from YouTube every week and review it.

What better then, than to start with the videos WIRED picked? Are they good videos that communicate something of use, or are they just, as WIRED calls them, “gory”?

Here are my reviews of the first five videos. « Read the rest of this entry »

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