Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shout Outs

Paul Ware, Life with Huntington's, is (suppose to be) the host for this week’s Grand Rounds. You can read this week’s edition here.

Next week’s host is Dr. Rob (@doc_rob): What’s Grand and Round and Comes in an RSS Feed?

……To submit your GR post for next week’s GR, fill out the attached submission form. I must have submissions in before Sunday, March 4th at 6 PM EST……

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H/T to @jilltomlinson who asks.

Was this 27yo man's life lost in ill-conceived race to perform "World 1st" surgery? bit.ly/x2bGEJ #retrospectoscope

The link is to this Mai lOnline article: Man, 27, who had world's first quadruple limb transplant dies days after operation.

A 27-year-old Turkish man who underwent the world's first would-be quadruple limb transplant died yesterday, hours after the limbs were removed due to metabolic failure, the hospital said…….

I thought it was too risky when I first heard about the transplant prior to them having to later remove the limbs. We are certainly pushing the limits with transplants these days with double hand, face, multiple organ, etc.

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From Letters of Notes a letter that gives a glimpse of breast Cancer in 1855. This woman had surgery with no pain meds: 'Deep Sickness Seized Me" (photo credit)

In September of 1855, Lucy Thurston — a 60-year-old missionary who had been living in Hawaii with her husband since 1820 — underwent a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Incredibly, she somehow endured the operation wide-awake, without any form of anaesthetic. She wrote the following letter to her daughter a month later and described the unimaginably harrowing experience.

The procedure was a success. Lucy Thurston lived for another 21 years………………

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From @Skepticscalpel comes a post with his take on the survey in the Archives of Surgery: Surgeons and alcohol abuse.

“Prevalence of alcohol use disorders among American surgeons” appeared in the February, 2012 issue of Archives of Surgery.

A survey of 7197 surgeons, all members of the American College of Surgeons [ACS], had a 28.7% response rate and revealed that 15.4% had scores on an alcohol use assessment test that indicated abuse of or dependence on alcohol. This is consistent with the rate of such alcohol problems in the general public…………….

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VIDEO: Kyle Dyer, 9NEWS anchor, interviews with the Denver Post

Channel 9 news morning anchor Kyle Dyer talked to the Denver Post on Wednesday, February 23, 2012, about the injuries she sustained from a dog bite and her road to recovery.……. Video by Mahala Gaylord

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H/T to @impactednurse ‏for this tweet:  “Very cool. Federico Carbajal's anatomical sculptures made with galvanized wire: bit.ly/yRSvFk”  Here’s one of them (photo credit)

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