6 thoughts on “Brain surgery over lunch

  1. This is something that surprises people a bit, but when you need to drill into something hard, like a skull, we’ve already invented the tool you need. It’s a drill. There’s no reason to redesign something that works just because you’re using it on a living person now. The biggest difference is that drills used in surgery are kept sterile a lot more often than drills used in wood shop.

  2. @ Chris Barts: Aha, so the high costs really are due to the gilding and MOP inlay, after all. On the other hand, who wants their skull opened up with a $0.30 drill bit? “Well, the shrinkwrap did say ‘surgical steel’ …”

    Seriously, Chris is 100% correct, I just can’t stop laughing at the idea of the surgeon using his brother-in-law’s wood shop drill bits … “Hey Charlie, it’s your doctor brother-in-law … Not so good, actually. When was the last time you sharpened those bits? … Yes, they can be sharpened … As a matter of fact, that is why the holes wind up black and smoking … Well I appreciate the apology, but I’m not the one who needs it …”

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