Harvey Cushing’s Patients

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Credit: The Harvey Cushing Brain Tumor Registry, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Head over to the New York Times to see a selection of photos from the collection of almost 10,000 glass plate negatives of patients treated by Dr. Harvey Cushing between 1902 and 1933. « Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Awake awakening

December 29, 2007 § 7 Comments

I have no surgical training. I started nursing school once, but quit after finishing my anatomy and physiology exams. But as I spend large portions of my work week in ORs, I’m sometimes called upon to assist the nurses when things get a bit too hectic.

A few weeks back they did.

Awake craniotomy

I was scheduled to make a video of a craniotomy. The patient had a neoplasm in the brain, believed to be causing his epilepsy. « Read the rest of this entry »

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