Neurosurgeon Case Study

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Introduction

Neurosurgeons diagnose and treat patients that need surgical operations involving the brain, spine, and nerves. Neurosurgery has been traced to the Stone Age. Remains from the Stone Age were uncovered in France that showed evidence of brain surgery. However, major advancements in neurosurgery didn’t begin until the 1950’s. The advance in neurosurgery started with neurosurgical techniques such as stereotactic radiosurgery, a treatment that focuses high amounts of energy on a single spot of the body developed by neurosurgeons to shrink small brain tumors. Since this major neurosurgical techniques have been developed including the operative microscope and MRI, which allow surgeons to magnify small structures and visualize internal structures. I chose to research neurosurgeons because I am interested in neuroscience.

Career Description

A neurosurgeon has to be good at patient care. This means that they have to communicate effectively with the patient and other surgeons to give the patient the best treatment for them. Neurosurgeons must be up-to-date with current surgical techniques so that they can provide the best possible care. They also have to both operate on people and log clinical trial hours.

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This is beneficial because it allows the person to easily switch specialties if they decide that the want to operate on a different organ system. The nervous system is still unknown, so there is more research opportunities for neurosurgeons than other doctors. There is a high job outlook for neurosurgeons and are one of the top paid type of physicians. However, neurosurgeons are one of the most commonly sued doctors because they perform high risk operations with 50% of their patients being emergent. In addition to this, neurosurgeons have to work over 80 hours a

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