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Could the success of synthetic organ transplants lead to the donor’s list becoming obsolete? While it’s still too early to tell, the first trial of a synthetic trachea transplant leaves surgeons hopeful….


DoctorsAreMoreFrontCoverAdapted from Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs: How Surgery Can Be Hazardous to Your Health – And What to Do About It by Harvey Bigelsen, MD. Reprinted by permission of North Atlantic Books.

“Well Mrs. So-and-So,” says Dr. Almighty, “since you are fifty years old and reaching menopause, you don’t need your uterus anymore; in fact it is probably getting in the way. Since we will be in there, we may as well take out your appendix because you don’t need it either, and taking it out will prevent future appendicitis. Most older women have gall bladder problems, so let’s take that out too, for prevention. Oh, and one of my friends is a plastic surgeon: While you are asleep and can’t feel anything, he can do a tummy tuck and smooth out some of your wrinkles with Botox. Don’t worry, it’s very, very poisonous, but we will just use it on your wrinkles. No big deal!”1

Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? One-stop surgery: magically taking care of everything that could possibly affect you over the next ten years…


Via National Geographic, an in-action look at an experimental “skin gun” that can heal burn victims in minutes. The device sprays skin cells in airbrush-like fashion, allowing for new layers of skin to be painted on. In a few decades, will this be a standard device in any emergency technician’s toolbelt?



One of the positive things about the recession era is that it’s inspiring people to get creative — for instance, by performing their own minor surgeries, using how-to videos from YouTube. The…


Najlaa Abou Mehri and Linda Sills report on the booming business of creating virgins, for the BBC: Young Arab women wait in an upmarket medical clinic for an operation that will not…



Video in this article shows the “Heartlander,” a miniature mobile robot that delivers therapy to the surface of a beating heart…using a joystick! Like the Star Wars 2-1B series medical droid, real medical robots can now provide surgery that’s minimally invasive — or even performed remotely — while offering greater precision, decreased blood loss, and smaller incisions with quicker healing time and less pain.

Other examples include the ViRob, a tiny “millibot” 1 millimeter in diameter and 5 millimeters long that can travel inside the human body to collect tissue samples, deliver medicine…