inflammation / tissue formation / wound healing in specific tissues

What's your motivation for reading this? There are at least three reasons, although the priority we've given them is probably impolitic.

  1. boredzTHE 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.

  2. momYour 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 understanding.

  3. leechesFear 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 You don't want to be hopelessly out of date 10 years from now.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 body functions.

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.

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