Required Reading for Surgery Clerks

Atul Gawande on the evolution of surgery over the last 200 years. Contains the answer to many of the historical questions you will encounter in General Surgery …and a fantastic money quote:

Liston operated so fast that he once accidentally amputated an assistant’s fingers along with a patient’s leg, according to Hollingham. The patient and the assistant both died of sepsis, and a spectator reportedly died of shock, resulting in the only known procedure with a 300% mortality.


(h/t to Going2MedSchool for pointing out my link fail. I added an http:// and that seems to have fixed it … for me … drop me a comment if it still isn’t working)

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2 Responses to Required Reading for Surgery Clerks

  1. Your link is nested within your post so it doesn’t work….my site does this all the time and I have to double check it!

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