Witold Niesluchowski

How did a cocaine addict change surgery in America

The year was 1881 and a woman bled after childbirth. The family contacted a young, 29-year-old surgeon. After deliberations, he drew blood from his own vein and transfused it to the patient. The patient recovered. German scientist Karl Landsteiner, with the help of a Polish serologist Ludwik Hirszfelt, discovered and described the ABO blood group …

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Why I listed “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese as the first in my “Books I love” series.

This book was recommended to me by a friend, also a cardiac surgeon. He found out that they, with the author, were trained by the same surgical superstar, Dr. Thomas Starzl. In surgery, the provenance means a lot. It took me a few years to get to the book. At first, I didn’t really like …

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Does a stressful job shorten your life?

“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”―Hans Selye, Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist, author of “The Stress of Life” Let’s see. Michael DeBakey died 2 months short of 100,Denton Cooley was 96,Francis Robicsek – 94,Domingo Liotta – 97,Viking Björk – 90,Alan Carpentier, alive at 89,Thomas Fogarty, alive at 88,Dwight Harken was 83,Norman Shumway 83,Vincent …

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Drama in the Operating Theater now available in paperback

“There’s nothing like a printed book; the weight, the woody scent, the feel, the look.”― E.A. Bucchianeri There comes a next mini-step in publishing the Murano family saga. The paperback is available on Amazon. Here’s the link to the paperback. And here –– to the e-book. Enjoy. Next is the first novel in the series …

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Drama in the Operating Theater

If you can’t find your genre, create one.

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: Oh, really? So when I say: Nicole bring me my slippers and fetch my nightcap,” is that prose? PHILOSOPHY MASTER: Most clearly.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: Well, what do you know about that! These forty years now I’ve been speaking in prose without knowing it!—Molière, The Bourgeois Gentleman, 1670 In the previous post, I wrote about …

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Twenty things to do in your thirties to be a happy father for the rest of your life.

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” Anonymous “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys’.” Harmon Killebrew …

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Is Loneliness Good? Would you rather party or pray?

Our family is blessed. Bonnie’s parents just celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. What a joy! Or is it? They are still fortunate to be together and stay relatively healthy. And to have a devoted family. But it’s fascinating to think about how the old age changes your social life. I recently came across this article …

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What my father’s shaving lessons taught me about life

Be patient, avoid mediocrity and pay attention to details It was his sacrosanct daily morning routine. After getting up, before putting on his suit and leaving for work, and before breakfast was served, my father took the ownership of our kitchen table. We didn’t have hot water in our skimpy bathroom, so water had to …

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