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Communication

“The greatest enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it.”

William H. Whyte

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Fracture

Most orthopedic surgeons would probably throw their arms up at this statement, but there is some truth to it: “a fracture is a soft tissue injury with a broken bone inside”.

Colonization

In the general population, about 33% of people carry S. Aureus and 1% carry MRSA. Contrary to popular belief, only about 5% of healthcare workers carry MRSA.

Medical Errors

Dr. Makary, author of Medical error-the third leading cause of death in the US, should be ashamed of publishing data that is clearly incorrect and attributes unavoidable patient-related morbidities to “medical error”. There is a huge difference in a patient death secondary to an incorrectly administered drug and a patient death secondary to a heart attack after stenting because of poor heart function.

Data from the CDC shows that there are approximately 2.5 million deaths a year, and the article calculates that 250,000 deaths in that same time are related to medical errors. I would like to see the data that proves that 10% of deaths are caused by medical error. I am shocked that this article was approved by the editors of the BMJ, and maybe the medical error was on their part in allowing this paper to see the light of day.

Warren Buffet

When Warren Buffet first invested in Berkshire Hathaway in 1962, it was a struggling textile company; today, it’s a $360 billion empire.

Z-plasty

First described by Horner in 1837, he Z-plasty was the first flap introduced with an emphasis on a mathematical approach to solve a skin problem.

Seed bank

Possibly the most interesting place on earth, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is built in a mountain to withstand any natural or man-made disaster. It was created to preserve worldwide plant seeds in case of a worldwide catastrophe, and is free for any country to deposit or store its fauna. Check out the official website here.

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