Sunday, April 18, 2010

SurgeXperiences 321

This makes my 9th time to host SurgeXperiences since it began July 1, 2007.  The first season I hosted twice, the second season three times, and this one makes the fourth this season. 

There have been very few submissions for this edition, so I’m going to honor the ones who have hosted SurgeXperiences.  Many thanks to each of you.

The blog world being what it is, I suppose it should not be surprising that several of the past hosts have either retired or are infrequently posting.  I miss them.

Perhaps the above blogs will become more active again.  One can hope.  In the meantime, many remain active and I hope will continue:


Here are a few from folks who have not been host.  These posts are good.

Michelle, the Underwear Drawer, writes “the ballad of the unsung hero

Many people probably saw this already, it was printed in The New York Times on April 9th, but just in case you missed it, I thought I should give it a little bump:  Doctors Remove Ammunition From Soldier’s Head

The reason I'm posting this is not because it's one of those "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" medical stories (even though it is), but it's because if anything redeems the much maligned field of anesthesiology from the jaws of modern day television, in which we are all portrayed as lazy, unfeeling, drunken, drug-diverting billionaires who don't give a shit about our patients and leave whenever the going gets rough, it should be a story like this.


Kerri, SixUntilMe, who is now a mother of a health baby girl.  She wrote this post before the C-section:  “Diabetes During the C-Section: Here's the Plan.


Dr. Howard J Luks, an orthopedist asks In Reporting Symptoms, Don’t Patients Know Best? - Do docs downgrade complaints?

This is a very serious issue... and it comes up for discussion with our residents every now and then. A while back there was a young man in the emergency room of our institution. He claimed the CIA was after him and they injected him with a substance that made him pass out... When he woke up, his shoulder hurt and he had soiled his underwear. I was called because I was the attending on call for our department. My resident immediately dismissed all his complaints and was upset that he was called for a consult in the middle of the night. After I settled him down, we had a little talk...


Dr. Benzil, Women Neurosurgeons blog, has a nice post on transplant and the neurosurgeon.

One of the things I love about blogging is how a link leads to a link leads to a great story.  SurgeXperiences 319 (available here ) related a link about Steve Jobs and his liver transplant. Most neurosurgeons spend a part of their residency learning the ins and outs of brain death testing-a critical link in the transplant world.  At first it may seem gruesome and unnatural ….



SurgeXperiences is a blog carnival about surgical blogs that occurs every two weeks. It is open to all (surgeon, nurse, anesthesia, patient, etc) who have a surgical blog or article to submit.

Here is the catalog of past SurgeXperiences editions for your reading pleasure. If you wish to host a future edition, please contact Jeffrey who runs the show here.


Jeffrey said...

fantastic work! what a nice idea to honour all those who have hosted before! thank you all!

Bruce said...

Dear Ramona, Thanks for your hard work and diligent attention to the surgical blogosphere. Nice list.

QuietusLeo said...

9 hosts! Is that a record?

rlbates said...

Not sure

Øystein said...

Excellent! What a great idea with the "roll of honor".

Dr. D J said...

Dear Ramona,
Thank you for the acknowledgement! Wonderful post and indeed a prestigious list. Cheers

SeaSpray said...

Great idea Ramona! I read some good stuff. NOW ..I'm off to bed.. a wee bit late.

*Trying* to break the night owl habit. :)