Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Someone Else's Laws

Thanks to another old dinosaur, one Dr. William Holt, orthopedist:
  • First Law of Ortho: All bleeding stops.
  • Second Law of Ortho: If you can't pin it, screw it. (great double entendre, that one)
  • Third Law of Ortho: If it doesn't fit, force it (also works for auto mechanics.)
There was a fourth one, but I decided it was a little too grumpy, and took away from the fun of these three. Sorry, Bill.


At Sat Jan 27, 11:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that "all bleeding stops" was the first rule of surgery, not just ortho!

At Sun Jan 28, 08:18:00 PM, Blogger Bo... said...

Is the fourth one the one about gomers always going to ground?.....

At Mon Jan 29, 06:13:00 AM, Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

No, it was "People are no damn good."

At Mon Jan 29, 01:12:00 PM, Blogger Sid Schwab said...

The first rule of surgery is "Don't worry about bleeding unless you can hear it."

My ortho rotation followed cardiac. In the latter it was delicacy, discussing each suture, millimeter by millimeter. Ortho was swinging cudgels, turning cautery up to "barbeque" and stand back. Didn't take the bait.

At Tue Jan 30, 05:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are at leat two more laws (for residents)

No big moves after 5pm

All moves after 5pm are big


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