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"The philosopher should begin with medicine, the physician should end with philosophy".

Aristotle (384-322 BC)


In the medical field, health is commonly defined as an organism's ability to efficiently respond to challenges (stressors) and effectively restore and sustain a state of balance (homeostasis).
In much wider sense, the trinity of health is a state of complete physical (Son), mental (Father) and social (Holly Spirit) well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Cardiac surgery is a "hell-of-a-job". To do it well, one has to love it, above all. Lifetime learning will gradually unravel the secrets of Denton Colley's wisdom: "Modify, simplify and apply." Being honest and responsible on this path, you'll know how to cherish the holly trinity of health.


The storyboard of my professional life:


Basic science and clinical practice.

The New Concepts of Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology - Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust, Alder Hey Hospital, Eaton Road, West Derby, Liverpool, UK.
Prof. Sir Magdi H. Yacoub (UK), Prof. Sir Donald N. Ross (UK), Mrs. Teresa Boluda-Molla (ESP), Dr. Mladen J. Kocica (SER).

Acute aortic dissections.

(Why do they always come after midnight?)
Bentall ("button technique") and Cabrol operations.

Circular endoventricular patch plasty (modified Dor's procedure).

Surgical ventricular restoration (SVR) is a future of cardiac surgery.

Why? Ask the cardiologists.

Instead of "PCI vs. CABG" it should be "PCI vs. vascular biology".

Cardiac surgery is a team work.

My favorite assistant: Dr. D. Cvetkovic, Dr. G. Panic.

My favorite anesthesiologists: Dr. I. Divac, Dr. Lj. Soskic

My favorite operating room nurses: N. Nikolic, J. Petrovic, J. Novakovic.

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