Anesthesiologist & Artist
The photographs of Alfred Feingold, M.D.
HAND SURGERY: These surgeons are repairing some tendons while excising
a Dupuytren's contracturea condition causing the fingers to contract into
the palm due to a thickening of deep tissue that extends from the palm to
the fingers. From the left are orthopaedic surgeon John Nutting, M.D.,
resident Jorge Brito again, and DMS student Nikhil Thakur. Nutting, who
trained at DHMC from 1980 to 1985, has been on the DMS faculty since
completing a fellowship in upper extremity surgery at Harvard in 1986.
This is one of the images that I saw
immediately when I walked into this
OR. It's such a dramatic picturethis
hand held open by the retractor. I want
to draw people into the center, and this
hand draws you right in. Any time you
can pick a part of the body that
everyone knowsfaces, hands, eyes
there's a greater fascination. Most
people don't know what a liver looks
like, what a bowel looks like. But
a hand everyone recognizes.
SURGEONS AT SEA: Otolaryngologist J. Oliver Donegan, M.D. (left), and resident Matthew Zavod, M.D., are wearing
non-latex gloves because they're operating on a patient with a latex allergy. This OR is usually used for pediatric
procedures and so has a mural on the wall. Feingold said he'd never before seen a mural in an operating room.
There was a sign hanging
on the door of this OR
alerting everyone to the
fact that the patient was
sensitive to latex. So
using Photoshop, I placed
the sign in the sand in
the lower right corner.
Then I used transparency
to give a sense that the
surgeons are part of the
mural. The hand in the
background is holding
a scalpel, while the
hand in the foreground
MAPPING THE BRAIN: Neurosurgeon David Roberts, M.D., is performing
stereotactic surgery, using three-dimensional coordinates to guide him to
a target within the brain. Roberts, a 1975 DMS graduate, also did his
neurosurgery training at DHMC and is chief of the neurosurgery section.
Roberts is extremely well known. He's
responsible for a lot of advanced
instrumentation in neurosurgery. He
uses the computer to map out the brain
and decide where he's going to operate.
So you're looking at a computer screen
with the Windows icons, plus the three-dimensional
that he's using to do the operation.
Notice that there's one pair of hands
coming out of the computer screen. I did
that because the human becomes almost
a slave of the computer. I made the
microscope transparent so you can see
the computer through it, and the plastic
sheet on the right semitransparent. I
do that sparingly; often it doesn't work,
but here I think it worked very well.
TRANQUILITY: Anesthesiologist Steven Andeweg, M.D., is keeping a close eye on this assortment of monitors indicating
the patient's conditioneven though he appears to be floating in a bank of clouds above the Connecticut River.
This is a tranquility
have to deal with the
very high-tech anesthesia
machine and the tension
and difficulty of the
operating room and of
But then there are also
quiet moments where
your mind can wander
and there's peace.
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