December 26, 2014
K. L. Romo

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SMALL: LIFE AND DEATH ON THE FRONT LINES OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY

By Catherine Musemeche, M.D.

Published in 2014 by Dartmouth College Press.

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Reviewed by Laura D. Sanders.

Anyone who has experienced the thrill of five tiny baby fingers holding onto one adult finger will appreciate this book. In this history of the first sixty years of pediatric surgery, author and board certified pediatric surgeon, Catherine Musemeche, interweaves her own surgical experiences and those of other physicians as she shares the difficulties and dilemmas of surgery in tiny spaces, involving even tinier veins and organs.

Dr. Musemeche also gives fascinating background on the invention of precision (read “very tiny”) surgical tools, often designed by surgeons or engineers on the fly to meet an emergency need; and on the development of prenatal diagnostic tools such as medical ultrasound and fetascopy, as well as surgery-enabling procedures such as pediatric heart-lung bypass.

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