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The Road to Surgery

General surgery is defined by the American Board of Surgery as “a discipline that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment.” Because it is of an all-encompassing nature, general surgery requires that surgeons have a vast knowledge of the body’s systems, ailments, and the surgical techniques that will correct them. We’ve researched general surgery residency at some of the most prestigious schools of medicine in the country. Here’s a look at what it takes to become a general surgeon in the United States today.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Is Laser Spine Surgery an Option?

As we age, our bones start to weaken and we tend to experience more pain in the back and neck areas. Vertebral fractures and other disc-related problems start to appear, especially for people over the age of 35. Back pain and injury is also attributed to the kind of lifestyle we live. For example, frequent lifting of heavy items can lead to spine problems. All of these back-related symptoms are indicative of the degenerative disc disease.

St. Valentine was a Physician

Valentine’s day, in all its Hallmark grandeur, with its expressions of romantic love, does not, at first glance, seem to be in the realm of medicine. Yes, there have been medical conferences in February that have discussed the origins of heartache. This seems, at best, goofy, and at worst, an embarrassingly awkward waste of time from poorly humored medical professionals. Then, through my extensive further research, done through Google (of course), I have come across two interesting connections between St. Valentine and the science of Aesculapius.

It turns out that St. Valentine (at least one of them) was a physician in addition to being a secret priest. He met his untimely death on February 14th, 269 C.E. at the hands of the Roman emperor Claudius II for practicing his religion. According to legend, before his execution he handed a note to the executioner’s daughter, which was entitled, “From your Valentine”. Imagine my surprise and shock when I learned that the origin of this romantic holiday comes from a doc. The daily jobs of physicians today don’t involve much romance. This search engine for jobs doesn’t Think gross anatomy, surgery, and rectal exams. However some sites find ways to be romantic in such a profession. One would think that it does not exactly lead the physician to thoughts of flowers, intimate embraces, and exclamations of endless love. But here it is, in historical (almost) fact.