For centuries, the mechanisms of the heart and how they might be repaired were a mystery, one that Doctors avoided. This lecture details the pioneers in the field of Heart Surgery: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/heart-surgery-for-congenital-heart-defects-science-or-art
This lecture will explain how surgery for congenital heart defects has developed. It will describe the disruptive effect of the introduction of cardiopulmonary bypass, the impact of new materials, the deeper understanding of the stresses of surgery and the impact of new drugs.
However, surgery remains skill-based and the complexity of training will be outlined. Skill used to be all and the surgeons were the leaders. Now it is all about teams, a transition that has been difficult and complex, and which is still incomplete.
Examples will be used from ground-breaking collaborative work done with Formula 1, the airline and hotel industries to emphasise the importance of teamwork, and how those teams should work.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/heart-surgery-for-congenital-heart-defects-science-or-art
Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 1,500 lectures free to access or download from the website.
Professor Martin Elliott
Martin Elliott is Gresham Professor of Physic and Co-Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London (GOSH). He led the cardiorespiratory and thoracic transplant teams at GOSH for many years, and established, and is Director of, the National Service for Severe Tracheal Disease in Children, the largest such service in the world.