inflammation / tissue
formation / wound healing in
What's your motivation for reading this? There are at least three
reasons, although the priority we've given them is probably
- THE BOARDS.You may
find basic science boring but we're sorry to report not everyone
shares your lack of enthusiasm. In fact, you can expect mucho
preguntas on basic science on The Boards.
- Your mother. Try explaining to your mother that
you're a dishwasher now because you failed the basic science
component of the Boards. I'm sure she'll be very
- Fear of being an anachronism in
your own time. You don't want to be hopelessly out of date 10
years from now. To avoid that fate, you need to have enough
insight into basic physiologic principles to grasp the scientific
underpinnings of new developments as they...well, develop. Without
a firm foundation in basic science, you won't have the confidence
to discriminate among worthy new techniques, devices, or
management methods. You'll stay with the old "tried and true" not
because they are the best but because you can't tell what is
better. Like it or not, all improvements in surgery arise out of
an understanding of the physiologic principles that rule the human
body. Get it or you'll get lost.
So there's your motivation but remember: Never admit that you're
driven by #s 1 and 2. You're strictly motivated by #3.
The wound healing topics in this edition build on our previous issue,
which covered vascular
response and blood
coagulation. We'll be covering inflammation, new tissue
generation and a couple of related topics that will get your pulse
racing and make you forget all about sleep, food, and other essential
Now choose your level of B.S.
Abbreviated notes stolen from your Chief Resident.
More detailed than "In Brief" but waaaay fewer notes than
Tolstoy would have wanted.
NOTE: Many of the thumbnail images in the Basic Science section
are expandable by clicking on them. The file size of expandable
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