Musing of a Contemporary Pathologist

Doctors who write; It all began with Ctesius of Cnidus

A question I am often asked about my first novel, A Little Piece of Me, is: why did you write it? This is usually followed by: how long did it take? I also get asked if it is based on something in my life. I did study a liver biopsy with the same condition affecting the little boy in the book and, as I called the pediatrician to relay the diagnosis, I wondered about the effect of this condition on a family about...

Trepanation – (or releasing demons)

  Trepanation, or trephining, may well represent the earliest wound inflicted by one human being on another for the purpose of healing and can be considered the beginning of the practice of surgery and the earliest tangible evidence of medical practice (1). In trepanation, a portion of the skull is removed. Some of the oldest examples of skulls showing trepanation defects, from Peru and other sites, demonstrate...