Having surgery soon ... make your surgeon play with his Wii

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7193588.stm

Those wacky scientists will study anything.

Jpinard, paging jpinard…

seriously. Poor guy :(

Nurse: Doctor! What are you doing? You’re not supposed to take out his appendix!

Doctor: Well, Phil in radiology told me that there’s a secret level in the body that’s revealed when the appendix is removed immediately after a triple by-pass.

Its not the first study to show an improvement in surgery when playing video games. Dr. James Clarence Rosser Jr. (though still not the first) has been doing so since 2002 using games as a training tool for laparoscopic surgery. The reasoning behind all of it is that games improve hand-eye coordination.

Last year Dr. Rosser was a co-author of a study that concluded that surgeons who played video games for at least three hours a week were 27 percent faster and made 37 percent fewer mistakes than surgeons who did not play video games.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/24/technology/circuits/24docs.html

When the hell did he find time to game while on call?

Yes, gaming will help surgeons with their motor-control and hand-eye coordination. However, it will not necessarily help them diagnose patients, make better decisions, or communicate with the OR staff.

Those things require alcohol instead.

  • Alan