Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Power Drill Brain Surgery

BoingBoing brought Dr. Henry Marsh, a 58-year-old British neurosurgeon, to my attention. Without access to compressed air medical drills, he and his Ukrainian colleague, Dr. Igor Petrovich, have resorted to using a Bosch 9.6 volt cordless power drill to perform brain surgery in the Ukraine. At times, the "handyman" drill batteries have drained halfway through surgery, but otherwise, the technology has proved effective.

Dr. Marsh says:

I have used the Bosch drill myself when I’ve been operating with Igor. It’s exactly the drill that you could have in your garden shed. He bought it at a do-it-yourself shop.

For more, see the Anorak news.

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