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Surgical Philosophy: Concepts of Modern Surgery Paralleled to Sun Tzu's 'Art of War'

Hutan Ashrafian (Department of Surgery, Imperial College London, UK)



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Productivity Press
05 August 2015
Oriental & Indian philosophy; Medical ethics & professional conduct; Health systems & services; Surgical techniques
Treating disease can be considered a combat between curative therapies and pathological afflictions. As such, the action of achieving a cure can be likened to successfully waging war on sickness and bodily disorders.

Surgical Philosophy applies the core principles derived from Sun Tzu's timeless book Art of War to combating disease through surgery. Its goal is to offer principles, strategies and leadership guidelines for surgeons at all levels and other healthcare practitioners who carry out interventional procedures for the ultimate aim of defeating illness and enhancing the care of patients. In providing a novel and exciting perspective on this ancient text, the book will also be of interest to students of leadership, Eastern philosophy and Chinese history.

The book follows eleven sections of the Art of War. Each section reflects the messages in the Art of War, but with a modern surgical point of view. In the book, the role of the surgeon is equivalent to that of a leader or military commander, and the lessons offered in the Art of War are expanded to identify surgical principles and practice.
By:   Hutan Ashrafian (Department of Surgery Imperial College London UK)
Imprint:   Productivity Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   204g
ISBN:   9781498732772
ISBN 10:   1498732771
Pages:   161
Publication Date:   05 August 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
The Aims of Operative Surgery Performing Surgery Surgical Strategies Surgical Decision Making Operative Methodology Civilization Approaches and Leadership Anatomy The Nine Elements of the Surgical Sieve and Surgical Specialities Firesticks and Haemostasis Imaging

Hutan Ashrafian, MBBS, PhD, MRCS, is a clinical lecturer in surgery based at Imperial College London in the UK. His work focuses on the surgical resolution of metabolic syndrome- and obesity-related diseases ranging from cardiac dysfunction to diabetes and cancer. His PhD on the global metabolic signature of bariatric surgery received several prizes including an Academy of Medical Sciences award. Dr. Ashrafian's research interests include the development of state-of-the-art approaches for bio-inspired regenerative technologies, the application of artificial intelligence and robotics to modern surgical practice, the enhancement of evidence synthesis in healthcare and the development of novel models of innovation and economics in health policy. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and been awarded various research fellowships.

Reviews for Surgical Philosophy: Concepts of Modern Surgery Paralleled to Sun Tzu's 'Art of War'

What appeals most is the way the author presents the link between a military strategy treatise and surgical procedures, finding perfectly matching surgical correspondences and equivalents for every aspect of warfare. -Researcher in the History of Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy ... an excellent new insight into surgical philosophy and the strategies underpinning current practice. -Consultant Surgeon, St. Thomas' Hospital, London UK This book will be a great addition to any surgeon's library as well as having a much wider appeal to the general population. -Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College London, UK

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