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by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA)

As a young medical student I remember the arrival of the first video arcade games very clearly: Asteroids, Space Invaders and Pacman.

I spent whatever spare cash I had on them, never playing long enough to be any good, or rich enough to get any better. When I bought my first computer in my late-twenties, I relived my excitement with the newest computer games, spending a disproportionate amount of time long into many a night. I was hooked.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I was doing myself a major favor.  Now, twenty five years later, I spend several hours a week still staring at a video screen, manipulating instruments, but this time with a living, feeling, bleeding human being under my hands, with stakes far higher than virtual self destruction.

Research shows that surgeons of the modern era derive much benefit from video games in enhancing hand-eye coordination and spatial orientation. How much more difficult learning my speciality as an ENT surgeon would have been if not for those early days spent gaming! My work involves video camera telescopic surgery in complicated, three dimensional (3D) regions – the sinuses – represented on two dimensional (2D) screens.

Read More …  http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/07/tomorrows-surgeons-todays-video-gamers.html



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