Friday, August 01, 2008

It's Not New - It's Old: CNN

Headlining the CNN Web site right now:

Awake patient reads aloud during brain surgery

Because the tumor was located in a very delicate area of the brain, his surgeon recommended a procedure called "awake craniotomy with mapping." It's much like standard brain surgery, with one critical difference: The patient is awake.

You know who first did "awake craniotomies"? Ancient Peruvians. In modern times: since the 1980s.

Nothing wrong with retelling cool stories - but CNN is reporting this like it's a new kind of power plant that runs on air.



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