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Bringing neurosurgical and neurological care to the world.

Cheatham ML - Surg Neurol Int (2013)

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Affiliation: Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Though this once famous man who gave it all up to become a physician then dedicated his life to bringing care to those “whom others had passed by” died nearly 60-years ago, his name is still recognized, known, and highly respected all around the world... As a result of the miraculous changes that have come to us in our time through high-tech telecommunications, computers, international jet travel, and coupled with all of the advances in medical treatment and technology that have occurred during the past half-century, another Dr. Albert Schweitzer appears unlikely... One of these modern day “Albert Schweitzer like physicians” who have committed their lives to responding to the medical needs of others less fortunate is Gretchen Birbeck, M.D... The second great truth as regard performing diagnostic procedures and neurosurgical operations under developing country circumstances is that through using whatever might be available in terms of equipment (i.e., Dr. Birbeck and the dental drill), coupled with some necessary innovation and common sense, neurosurgical problems can often be handled with at least some degree of success... While we obviously must keep our emphasis in training programs and in medical practice here in the U.S. and in other developed countries around the world upon achieving the very highest levels of excellence possible, medical and surgical care in the developing world lag far behind... Deeply committed people like Dr. Gretchen Birbeck are following the course blazed those many years ago by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and they are making that difference that in the course of time will bring better health and medical care to people everywhere... We can thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, Samaritan's Purse, International Medical Corporation, Doctors without borders, and many others in the church, business, and professional communities for all they have done and are doing... The mission of Surgical Neurology International is facilitating the sharing of information and providing that, which is perhaps most urgently needed in lifting up medical care of those in the developing world, and that is medical education... Each of us can “make a difference” in the lives of others, and a good way to do this is through becoming a volunteer willing to share with others in need... Dr. Gretchen Birbeck spoke from her heart through that article in Lancet in May of 2002 as she wrote: “Of all the professional pleasures I enjoy as a specialist in Zambia, teaching is one of the best... Nurses, clinical officers, and physicians eagerly absorb any clinical instruction offered. ” Another great truth that seems a good way to end this article is that, “Life becomes full, when you begin to give it away through sharing what you have with others. ”

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Mentions: I opened the dura and found the 4th ventricle obstructed by tumor then proceeded in removing as much of it as possible in order to achieve a good decompression. The little girl did very well postoperatively with no headache, neurological deficit, and with rapid progression to her normal status [Figure 3].


Bringing neurosurgical and neurological care to the world.

Cheatham ML - Surg Neurol Int (2013)

Patient on second post-op day
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Figure 3: Patient on second post-op day
Mentions: I opened the dura and found the 4th ventricle obstructed by tumor then proceeded in removing as much of it as possible in order to achieve a good decompression. The little girl did very well postoperatively with no headache, neurological deficit, and with rapid progression to her normal status [Figure 3].

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Though this once famous man who gave it all up to become a physician then dedicated his life to bringing care to those “whom others had passed by” died nearly 60-years ago, his name is still recognized, known, and highly respected all around the world... As a result of the miraculous changes that have come to us in our time through high-tech telecommunications, computers, international jet travel, and coupled with all of the advances in medical treatment and technology that have occurred during the past half-century, another Dr. Albert Schweitzer appears unlikely... One of these modern day “Albert Schweitzer like physicians” who have committed their lives to responding to the medical needs of others less fortunate is Gretchen Birbeck, M.D... The second great truth as regard performing diagnostic procedures and neurosurgical operations under developing country circumstances is that through using whatever might be available in terms of equipment (i.e., Dr. Birbeck and the dental drill), coupled with some necessary innovation and common sense, neurosurgical problems can often be handled with at least some degree of success... While we obviously must keep our emphasis in training programs and in medical practice here in the U.S. and in other developed countries around the world upon achieving the very highest levels of excellence possible, medical and surgical care in the developing world lag far behind... Deeply committed people like Dr. Gretchen Birbeck are following the course blazed those many years ago by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and they are making that difference that in the course of time will bring better health and medical care to people everywhere... We can thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, Samaritan's Purse, International Medical Corporation, Doctors without borders, and many others in the church, business, and professional communities for all they have done and are doing... The mission of Surgical Neurology International is facilitating the sharing of information and providing that, which is perhaps most urgently needed in lifting up medical care of those in the developing world, and that is medical education... Each of us can “make a difference” in the lives of others, and a good way to do this is through becoming a volunteer willing to share with others in need... Dr. Gretchen Birbeck spoke from her heart through that article in Lancet in May of 2002 as she wrote: “Of all the professional pleasures I enjoy as a specialist in Zambia, teaching is one of the best... Nurses, clinical officers, and physicians eagerly absorb any clinical instruction offered. ” Another great truth that seems a good way to end this article is that, “Life becomes full, when you begin to give it away through sharing what you have with others. ”

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