Orthopedics vs AnesthesiaThursday, March 22nd, 2012, 3:38 am
One thing that remains true in medicine is that different specialties make fun of other specialties. This particular cartoon began one of the great online battles among specialties. Orthopedics is one specialty who are often (inaccurately) characterized as non-intellectual mechanics. While it is a funny premise for many jokes among doctors, orthopedics like plastic surgery, ENT, dermatology, and neurosurgery remains a highly competitive field in which only the best and brightest typically get into.
For those of you who are non-medical and don't know what asystole (pronounced ay-sis-tole-ee in real life with the emphasis on the 2nd syllable, but pronounced ay-sis-tall-ee in the video with the emphasis on the 3rd syllable) is, it means the absence of a heart beat. To physicians, this cartoon causes outright bust-a-gut laughing. I hope you enjoy.
--Richard D. Thrasher III, MD