Cloth $26.00 ISBN: 9781611684421 Published September 2014

Small

Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery

Catherine Musemeche

Small

Catherine Musemeche

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

244 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $26.00 ISBN: 9781611684421 Published September 2014
As a pediatric surgeon, Catherine Musemeche operates on the smallest of human beings, manipulates organs the size of walnuts, and uses sutures as thin as hairs to resolve matters of life or death. Working in the small space of a premature infant’s chest or abdomen allows no margin for error. It is a world rife with emotion and risk. Small takes readers inside this rarefied world of pediatric medicine, where children and newborns undergo surgery to resolve congenital defects or correct the damages caused by accidents and disease. It is an incredibly high-stakes endeavor, nerve-wracking and fascinating. Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery is a gripping story about a still little-known frontier. In writing about patients and their families, Musemeche recounts the history of the developing field of pediatric surgery—so like adult medicine in many ways, but at the same time utterly different. This is a field guide to the state of the art and science of operating on the smallest human beings, the hurts and maladies that afflict them, and the changing nature of medicine in America today, told by an exceptionally gifted surgeon and writer.
Contents
Introduction • The Thread of Life • Bunny Rabbits, Boston, and Babies • The Shortcut to Survival • Inside Out • Going to Extremes • Battlegrounds to Playgrounds • The Weight of the Future • Something to Celebrate • Tiny Tools for Tiny Bodies • Lessons • Small • The Lost and Found • Acknowledgments • Notes • Index
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