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September 2016 Archives

Patient safety requires that doctors be good listeners

Calvin Coolidge once said, "It takes a great man to be a good listener." In other words, it takes a person of merit to appreciate the opinions and ideas of others. It is true that the best way to learn is to pay attention to what people tell us.

Surgical procedure to reduce brain swelling carries risks

When a person suffers a serious head injury, he or she must receive medical care as soon as possible. If an injured patient's brain is swelling, it may be possible to treat the condition with medications. However, if medications fail to do the job, a neurosurgeon may opt to try an intriguing, but potentially dangerous procedure called decompressive craniectomy.