Week4_The Human Body and Medicine by Manuel Aleman

            Medicine is the art and science of healing.  Some people may ask what does medicine to do with art?  First, they both share common attributes such as they both try to complete what nature has not and they both deal with the physical, visible world.  Second, are the similar qualities that are demanded from the painter and physician.  They both have to be able to observe minute details, which unlock a painting or the predicament of a patient.  Observation demands attention, and this is the key to both art and medicine. Attention is nothing more than a state of receptiveness toward its object, the artist to nature, the viewer to the work of art, the physician to the patient. It is no accident, I believe, that clinicians — or treating physicians, as they are often called — are referred to as ‘attending physicians.’ ‘Attention’ and ‘attend’ are both derived from the same Latin root meaning “to stretch toward”.  Just like artists, physicians have to use the “finest tools” available, which include the finest in knowledge, skills, and character of the physician.  Technology has helped in advancing medicine by giving physicians more tools to use in aiding the ill.

Medicine applies health science, medical technology, and biomedical research to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases, typically through medication, surgery, or some other form of therapy.  An interesting advancement in medicine is robotic surgery.  Robotic surgery is the use of robots in surgery.  Recently robots have been used in many areas of medicine including in the aid of surgery.  There are many advantages of robotic surgery, such as precision, smaller incisions, less pain, miniaturization, decreased blood loss, quicker healing times, articulation beyond human manipulation, and three-dimensional magnification.  Three major areas that robots have aided in surgery are remote surgery, minimally invasive surgery and unmanned surgery.

              A minimally invasive procedure is any procedure (surgical or otherwise) that is less invasive than open surgery used for the same purpose.  A minimally invasive procedure typically involves use of laparoscopic devices and remote-control manipulation of instruments with indirect observation of the surgical field through an endoscope or similar device.  They are carried out through the skin or through a body cavity or anatomical opening.  Minimally invasive surgery causes less pain and scarring and reduces the incidence of post-surgical complications.  One disadvantage in comparison to an equivalent invasive procedure is that the operative time is longer, but an advantage is that hospitalization time is shorter.  Remote surgery (also known as telesurgery) is the ability for a doctor to perform surgery on a patient even though they are not physically in the same location.  Remote surgery is telecommuting for surgeons because it allows the expertise of specialized surgeons to be available to patients around the world, without the need for the patient to travel beyond their local hospital.  One surgical robot is the da Vinci Surgical System, which is controlled by a surgeon.  The da Vinci System provides all the same advantages as other surgical robots, but it also includes safety features designed to minimize opportunities for human error.  As technology advances other areas such as medicine will advance as well, which will improve peoples lives.

Manuel Aleman

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