The hours are inhumane.
The people are insane.
But you literally hold someone's life in your hands.
And the one thing that nobody told me before I plunged hands-first into my surgical rotation, the thing I had to discover for myself, was that, compared to anything else in medicine,
every blood-spattered second of surgery is so much fun.
The much-referenced and highly acclaimed textbook, Emergency War Surgery, contains all new material revised to reflect lessons learned from ongoing American involvement in Southwest Asia. It takes a bulleted manual style in order to optimize its use as a rapid reference. Drafted by subspecialty experts, it was then updated by surgeons returned from yearlong deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hypnosis has been proven to be effective for reducing the pain associated with acute injuries and medical procedures. In this edited volume, written by and for clinicians, ten highly experienced physicians, psychologists, and therapists from around the world describe the hypnotic strategies they have found to be most effective for acute pain management.
A calm and positive mental state might help natural recovery take place more quickly. "Imagine Healing: Using Guided Imagery to Help You Heal" activates your innate healing capabilities, reduces both pre- and postoperative pain (emotional, mental, and physical), and turns what might have been seen as life-threatening into an opportunity for personal growth and an enhanced sense of well-being.
Here's the first book-length biography of Ernest A. Codman (1869-1940), "father of shoulder surgery" and pioneer in outcomes research. This book vividly recalls Codman's career, including his breakthrough idea that patients' progress should be followed long enough to determine if their treatments are working.