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Friday, September 9 at 7PM
With over twenty years of experience and thousands of operations performed, Dr. Catherine Musemeche can say she’s seen it all. Now, with her new book Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care, Dr. Musemeche shares with us the history of how injuries are treated, the origins of trauma care around the world, and the advancements that brought us to today. Join us as we are honored to host pediatric surgeon Catherine Musemeche M.D. who will discuss her latest work.
Trauma is a disease of epidemic proportions that preys on the young, killing more Americans up to age thirty-seven than all other afflictions combined. Every year an estimated 2.8 million people are hospitalized for injuries and more than 180,000 people die.
We take for granted that no matter how or where we are injured, someone will call 911 and trained first responders will show up to insert IVs, stop the bleeding, and swiftly deliver us to a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses with the expertise necessary to save our lives. None of this happened on its own.
Told through the eyes of a surgeon who has flown on rescue helicopters, resuscitated patients in trauma centers in Houston and Chicago, and operated on hundreds of trauma victims of all ages, Hurt takes us on a tour of the advancements in injury treatment from the battlefields of the Civil War to the state-of-the-art trauma centers of today.
ABOUT CATHERINE MUSEMECHE
Catherine “Kate” Musemeche, M.D., has been a practicing pediatric surgeon for more than twenty years and an assistant and associate professor of surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. Previously Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Director of Pediatric Trauma at the University of New Mexico and now in private practice, she has performed literally thousands of operations on infants and children. One of her essays, “Wake-Up Call” was featured on the NPR program Talk of the Nation, and published on NPR’s website. She is a guest contributor to the NYT’s The Motherlode blog. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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