SurgeXperiences 3.23

It’s an honor and pleasure to bring you this new edition of The Best Surgical Grand Rounds Carnival.


I would like to express my gratitude to Jeffrey Leow of Vagus Surgicalis (Australian medical student with lots of interest and knowledge of surgery) and the creator of this Great Carnival. Australia is in Group D.

Bongi, a lucky SouthAfrican general surgeon who will host the FIFA World Cup in 12 days, shares a story that will push you to learn Afrikaans. South Africa will be head of the Group A and will play with México, Uruguay and France.

rlbates, my favorite (female) plastic surgeon who lives to sew, wrote an excellent review of Scalp avulsion injuries. USA will play against England, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C.

Techknowdoc, a surgeon part of the Indian Medical Industry, shares his point of view about antibiotics use in abscess drainage. Match ball are made of latex bladder of India.

Julia wrote a comparison between nursing informatics and medical informatics, both are related, they are not exactly the same. Julia is an italian name; Italy is head of the Group F and will play against Paraguay, New Zeland and Slovakia.

Medical Transcriptionist, published an article that states the need for nurses and other medical professionals increase with the demand of elderly health care, as in France. France is part of the Group A and will play with México, Uruguay and the host South Africa.

From DrDJ, a surgical case of a giant condyloma acuminatum (also know as Bushke-Löwenstein tumor) and follow-up. Abraham Buschke was a German dermatologist. Germany is head of Group D.

Agravated DocSurg, wrote his 4th test of OR Rorschach. Very Creative. Hermann Rorschach was a swiss psychiatrist. Swiss is in Group H, with Spain, Honduras and Chile.

From Boobcast; writings of a woman’s bad boob job. Finally she got her nipple reconstruction procedure done which includes a video. She is from US, but in Group C is England.

Madoline Hatter presents 50 Great Sites for Menopause Support posted at Nursing School Search Blog. Magdalena is Madoline in Portuguese. Portugal is in Group G, with Brazil.

Dr. Armughan Riaz is a cardiologist from Pakistan; he wrote an article of foods that can lower blood sugar. The Greek term Diabetes, means “one that straddles”. Greece is in Group B.

I have to thank all participants, all publishers and specially all of our readers.

World Cup objectives:

  • Developing the game
  • Touch the world
  • Build a better future

Grand Rounds 3.3

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Welcome to the 3.3 edition of Grand Rounds 3.3. The theme of this edition is the classic table of contents of many medical journals. I hope someday, Grand Rounds editions are also available as an in-printed version.

Editor’s Choice

Sid Schwab has a touching story about how the beginning of surgery should be. It’s an attempt to convey the feeling of making a surgical incision, called Taking Trust.

Clinical Cases and Images points something I’ve been thinking for a while: In the future, Web 2.0 projects may have a similar value to printed manuscripts, and he thinks that maybe in the future any academic appointment will have a section of “What are your internet projects?” This may sound kind of crazy until you realize that some medical blogs have more readers than some lesser known medical journals.

Enrico writes a nice story about the unexpected academic situations he’d find himself in going to school in Mexico, and the stress that comes with training in one country with different educational philosophies.

Dr. Charles wrote a story about refusing to lie, so that an elderly patient can keep the keys to a 1936 Dodge two door sedan, and their freedom.

Physicians stories

Borneo Breezes tells the experience of a Pakistani Non-Governmental-Organization in responding to the earthquake back in October 8th, 2005.

Dr. Nic has a good dilemma on code status. To be resucitated/intubated or not to be resucitated/intubated (DNR alone, DNI alone, DNR/DNI).

Transplant Coordinator from Donor Cycle writes with a great sense of humor about what it takes to be a transplant coordinator.

Dr. Emer gives us a nice reason why isn’t only women who ought to be labeled as shopaholics in Compulsive Shopping in Men.

Doctor Anonymous explains what he feels during fall where flu shots are given as candies. He calls it: Flu shot fiasco.

Enoch Choi reviews new recalls of contaminated food: E. coli tainted lettuce and ground beef.

Wandering Visitor wrote a post about the War Against Fat which summarizes a recent study in the Journal of Neurology about the association between a high fat diet (and copper) and Alzheimer’s disease.

What do you think about Yupik eskimo people? TundraPA says that “they are very inventive at problem solving“, and she wrote about a health aide teaches a patient how to use an MDI with a homemade spacer.

Dr. Kavokin at RDoctor makes a brief review of head injuries and you can take a quiz to learn more.

Paul Auerbach describes what are minor head injuries according to Glasgow Coma Scale.

Steven F. Palter introduces his vision of hand “gesture controlled” surgery.

Dr. Bard Parker writes about responsibilities assumed by physician extenders and lack of communication between physicians.

Dr. Deborah Serani blogs about the World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is “Building Awareness – Reducing Risks: Mental Illness and Suicide”

Nurses stories

Kim -the 51% nurse and multiple host of blog carnivals- blog about the evolution of how making nurse reports has changed to mean significantly and this supposes an additional work.

PaedsRN from Mediblogopathy talks about a big responsibility and answers the questions, What’s life support? and Why are nurses running it?

Mother Jones RN tell us a story about her day as a charge nurse on a psych unit where a patient thinks the devil wears a hospital ID badge and the devil doesn’t always wear Prada

Student stories

Karen, a last year South African student in her brand new blog, writes a stirring story about an encounter she had in casualties with a man who had been severely neglected by his family, called Love Thy Father.

Patients stories

Laurie, from A Chronic Dose gives a special meaning and hope to the marriage where chronic illness is present. She reminds us that human beings aren’t numbers, and We can beat statistics.

Amy, publisher of Diabetes Mine, perfectly explains to us her point of view (from the patient perspective) about marketing wars around new continuous glucose monitoring, it’s really a DogFight.

Difficult Patient writes about domestic violence/abuse: a little bit on his own experience, legal definitions, signs to look for, what to do, and assessing whether a batterer will kill.

Public Health & Insurance

Emily DeVoto has an excellent point of view about how to improve healthcare quality. Indeed it is important to map genes of the mouse brain, but it is more important to improve the conditions of healthcare quality.

Tony Chen, at Hospital Impact gives us the top nine most important healthcare issues that no one’s talking about.

Bob Vineyard writes what all we know, but we never say anything about it; and he shreds a report that doctors treat patients who lack health insurance differently than patients who are insured.

ImpactEDnurse comes with some basic guidelines for keeping you and your patients out of harms way during a pandemic. This is something of which all the involved people in the Health Care, should know.

Aetiology by Tara C. Smith discusses about three new vaccines and how by vaccinating pregnant women, newborns are protected from influenza; an upcoming vaccine for non-typeable Haemphilus influenzae; and the sad state of polio vaccination (and fear thereof) in Nigeria.


Hsien-Hsien Lei comes with a funny story where Robert DeNiro takes care of your heart and he really worries about your health and also, Hsien tells you fast facts of fat.

Bob Coffield takes on the important question raised by Tony: Is it healthcare or Health Care?. I will update my earlier posts.


Susan Palwick a volunteer ER chaplain, wrote an interesting post about feelings and emotions of health care personnel when patients are also friends.

With these thirty entries, I conclude this week’s Grand Rounds. I would like to thank to Nicholas Genes, the conceiver of this linkfest, and all who contribute in submissions and those who stop by reading this.

Next week’s Grand Rounds will be hosted by Kim (the woman who never sleeps) at Emergiblog.


Nick Genes interviewed me as an alternative projet to Grand Rounds, called Pre-Rounds. Where the host is interviewed by the publisher to show a general picture of the line of each hosting blog.

You could find actual and past interviews in Medscape. Free registration required

It is incredible how a resident can have time to do all this, but with good organization and desire, he can make things happen.

See you on October 10th

Next week’s Grand Rounds – Call for Submissions

I have the great honor of hosting Grand Rounds next week, on Tuesday (as always) 10/10. I would like to thank Dr. Nick Genes for his creation.

Current edition is being hosted by Dr. Aleksandr Kavokin at RDoctor.


I don’t know what theme I’ll use, but feel free to send your submissions with this form. Deadline is on Monday the 9th 17:00hrs (GMT -06:00).


  • You can use for the regular e-mail: j o n m i k e l (AT) g m a i l . c o m.
  • Include a summary of your post.