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Artificial patients, real learning

from The New York Times

The patient's blood pressure had reportedly crashed in the ambulance; a gunshot wound had damaged the heart. In the operating room, a medical resident, Dr. Dan Hashimoto, slid a knife into the patient's chest and sliced horizontally, from the sternum across the torso. He thrust his hand into the gash, grasped the beating heart and squeezed, to the tempo of 100 beats a minute. Noticing bleeding from the right ventricle, Dr. Hashimoto stopped pumping to sew up the hole. The pulse recovered, and blood pressure climbed. more


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