LARA CROFT SCORES
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[ August 11th 2001 ]
to a leading Manhattan orthopedic surgeon, Core
Designs intrepid British archeologist Lara Croft
may inadvertently be training future surgeons,
the Houston Chronicles reports today.
Feldman attributes the skills of many advanced
surgical techniques to video game dexterity, stating
that younger players have become naturally adept
at using a joystick and monitor, tools which have
now become common instruments in today's operating
theatres. "Surgery is becoming one big video game
and they've got the skills" said Feldman, director
of sports medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital.
continues to push the envelope with computerized
instruments gradually replacing conventional operating
techniques and surgeons are now being forced to
develop skills long associated with video-game
dexterity. Dr. Wiles Nifong, a cardiac surgeon
who teaches surgical robotics at East Carolina
School of Medicine says: "those skills include
good hand-eye coordination, fast reflexes and
an ability to solve problems in a virtual-reality
in minimally evasive surgery techniques which
involves fiber optic cameras and remote controlled
instruments has dramatically reduced the recovery
time of patients because incisions are that much
smaller and there's a lower risk of infection.
"We've coined a term for it," said Nifong, "we
call it video dexterity".
can now train a class of 12-13 year-old students
how to tie surgical knots within fifteen minutes
while their older counterparts may well take in
access of two hours to develop the same skills.
"It's no big deal for kids," Nifong says, "they've
basically been doing this kind of thing all their
lives on games and computers. All those parents
who tell their kids to get away from their Nintendo
may want to think twice..."