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More arts education needed to improve surgery skills, says academic

A professor at Imperial College London says that young people need a more rounded education, including creative subjects, to tackle a decline in the manual dexterity needed for practical tasks – like sewing in surgery. (via ArtsProfessional)

A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients.

Professor Roger Kneebone, who teaches surgery to medical students, says young people need to have a more rounded education, including creative and artistic subjects, where they learn to use their hands.

Prof Kneebone says he has seen a decline in the manual dexterity of students over the past decade - which he says is a problem for surgeons, who need craftsmanship as well as academic knowledge.

View full source article: Surgery students 'losing dexterity to stitch patients' (BBC)


Posted on 14 November 2018

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