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May 25, 2018
Find it here: The 26th ESTS Meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
July 24, 2002
The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland SCTS was founded in 1934 and was initially devoted to the practice of thoracic surgery, which at that time was mostly for tuberculosis. After World War II, with such pioneers as Lord Brock and Sir Thomas Holmes-Sellors, cardiac surgery was introduced and the number of cardiothoracic surgeons steadily increased.
May 28, 2002
Although one may cast doubt upon the significance of the World Congress of the International Society in the current era of internet or satellite transmission, nobody denies the importance of international communication. English is the international language at this moment and will continue to be so as long as the worldwide webs are growing. It is probably fair to say that this is a real advantage for the native English (NE) speakers and quite a burden for those who must use English as the second language (SL).
April 2, 2002
From November 2000 until November 2001, I served as president of the BACTS, The Belgian Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Our sixth General Assembly was held on November 10, 2001 and for my Presidential Address I chose this quotation from Winston Churchill: "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning".
March 18, 2002
The following represents my views and experiences as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. It is my hope that the reader will gain some insight into a specialty that has undergone major changes in the last decades.
February 20, 2002
A few weeks ago I took a weekend trip to Denver from my home in Billings, Montana. I arrived at the airport 90 minutes early as directed. Three minutes later I was ready to board, as things are a little slow in Billings at 0600 on Saturday morning. Two baby faced National Guard conscripts patrolled the airport trying to look tough.
January 21, 2002
"Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths about change."(1) It describes four characters, two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two 'little people' Hem and Haw, who are the same size as mice but act and appear like people. Sniff and Scurry possess simple rodent brains, but have good instincts.
December 24, 2001
This is a strange, brave new world indeed. As I surf the Net for updates in post-operative mediastinal infection management, my computer server is being infected by cyber worms and viruses. The Nobel Peace prize is announced as a new "world war" commences.
December 12, 2000
The relationship between the attending physician and the treated patient is of a very high order and is best described by the French definition "Le Colloque Singulier." The "Colloque" suggests an equality between the two partners of the relationship and also conversation as the most intense force of interaction. The inequality in medical expertise and resources is no objection for equality in the relationship. The "Singulier" stresses the uniqueness, the intensity and the particularity of this relationship.
December 6, 2000
Years ago I used to write. Usually late at night. Usually focused on the college student's search for meaning, for purpose. Usually struggling with the reconciliation of idealism with reality. I still have a small package of those writings.
November 16, 2000
Changes that are currently sweeping over the world are having a great effect on the professional lives of doctors and especially cardio-thoracic surgeons. Perhaps the most important of these trends are the everyday use of Information Technology (IT). Also important changes are demands for better cost-efficiency in medicine, a declining respect for the medical profession, and globalisation.


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