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1. World Chess Championship

The true Chess World Champions are the holders of the Traditional Title that originated with Steinitz & passed on in faithful succession to Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, and Carlsen. The sacredness of this Title is what makes it so valuable.

And how does one become the true Chess World Champion? In general, by beating the previous Titleholder one on one in a Match! Matches are preferred over Tournaments because of the Tradition of the WC Succession & because the chance for pre-arranging a Tournament result is more likely. The only exceptions to this rule:

A. In case where the Candidates and World Champion participate in an event that all the participants agree to be a World Championship event because of extraordinary circumstances.

Thus, the 1948 World Championship Tournament was justifiable because of the death of the Title holder Alekhine.

Likewise, the 2007 WC Tournament was justifiable under the extraordinary circumstances of the Chessworld trying to heal its internal rift over the 1993 Kasparov Schism. Anand himself became the World Champion in this 2007 Tournament & not in 2000 when he won a knock-out FIDE Tournament. Caveat: Some chess fans deem the 2007 WC Tournament as illegitimate, considering that Anand became the World Champion only in 2008, when he beat the previous Titleholder Kramnik in a WC match. From this perspective Anand only became the Undisputed World Champion in 2008.

Karpov lost his Title to Kasparov in 1985, & never regained it in the 1990s events that FIDE labeled as 'world championships'. All solely FIDE Champions that emerged outside WC Traditional Succession elaborated on above, strong as they were, were not true World Champions (eg., Bogolyubov 1928, Khalifman 1999, Ponomariov 2002, Kasimdzhanov 2004, Topalov 2005).//

B. In case the previous Titleholder defaults an event that the Chessworld largely deems as a World Championship event in the Tradition of the World Championship Succession. Thus, Karpov was the true successor to Fischer who defaulted their WC Match in 1975.

2. The strongest chess events in different eras of chess history?

Because of the brain's limitations explained below, the best professional (amateurs don't matter much in top level chess) chess players of each generation beginning in the Lasker era have always played at a similar level - near the maximum allowed by human standards. Now there are larger cohorts of chess professionals post WW2 than preWW2 thanks to government state funding in the Soviet era and presently corporate funding. The result is that large preWW2 tournaments had numerous 'bunnies', relatively weak players. By the Kasparov era, super-tournaments that featured most of the top ten, and no bunnies, had became more common. However, the top 4 or 5 since Lasker's time have always been very strong.

Consequently the smaller the top-player-only tournament, the stronger it gets. For any era. If there was a double round robin tournament in 1914 featuring Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, and Rubinstein, and no other, it would be as strong as any present day super-tournament.

Now weed out everyone except the two strongest players in the world. What we (usually) get is the chess World Championship match.

There has been talk of elite tournaments, composed only of the strongest top masters and no weaker bunnies replacing the World Championship match in prestige, probably because of the assumption that they would be the strongest chess events possible. False assumption. The strongest chess events in chess history generally have been World Championship matches. Even the strongest masters in each generation usually do not match the world champion and challenger in chess strength. In a World Championship match, the contestant has to meet the monster champion or challenger over and over again, with no weaker master in between. Capablanca vs Lasker 1921 was just as strong a chess event as the recent Carlsen vs Anand 2013, and far stronger than Zurich 2014. (Imagine having to play 14 straight games with a computer-like errorless Capablanca at his peak.)

3. The strongest chess players in chess history?

IMO the 1919 version of Capablanca & the 1971 version of Fischer, both of whom played practically error-free chess, are it; updated in opening theory, they should beat anyone in a match.

If computers were self-aware, I have no doubt that they would unanimously choose the 1916 to 1924 Capablanca as the strongest chess player in history. And please no red herring remark that Capa played only 'simple' chess. This young Capablanca played some of the most complicated, sharp, double edged, and bizarre positions possible; and played them without making a single losing error (and by all accounts with unsurpassed quickness), something that has always befuddled my mind when I got to peruse through his games.

We have to take this question in the context of the limits of the human Anatomy and Physiology. A concrete example would be the one hundred meter dash. The human body is designed such that the limit it can run is about 9 seconds. In order for a human being to run faster, we would have to redesign the human anatomy into that of say a cheetah. One can rev up the human Anatomy and Physiology, say with steroids, but this regimen would hit an eventual Stonewall too; the same way that we could rev up human proficiency to learn openings with computer assistance.

Since the Nervous System has physiological limits (example of a limit- neuronal action potential speed don't go up much more than 100 m/s) and so limits the human chess playing ability, increasing the number human chess players, thus expanding the normal curve of players, simply creates more possibilities of players playing like a Fischer in his prime, but will not create a mental superman who plays chess at computer levels. This explains why human and computer analysis indicate that Lasker was playing on a qualitatively similar level as more recent WCs.

'Worse' in chess, any computer assistance ends once the opening is over. After a computer-assisted opening prep, every GM today has to play the game the way Lasker did a hundred years ago, relying on himself alone, with the same fundamental chess rules and chess clock. An Encyclopedic opening repertoire is not a necessity to be a top player. In fact, there are World Champions who did not do deep opening prep; they just played quiet but sound openings that got them into playable middlegames and then beat their opponents in the midlegame or endgame. Just look at Capablanca, Spassky, Karpov, and now Carlsen.

Because of subconscious adherence to the narcissistic generation syndrome, the belief that everything that is the best can only exist in the here and now, many kibitzers would not agree to the above theses. While it is true that there have been more active chess professionals and consequently larger cohorts of top chess masters on a yearly basis since WW2 thanks to Soviet state funding and present corporate funding, the very top chess masters since Lasker's time have always played at a similar level- within the limits imposed by the human brain. There is no physical law that bars a pre-WW2 chess master from playing chess as well as today's generation. The human brain has not changed in any fundamental manner in the past tens of thousands of years.

4. The greatest chess players in history?

A related question is who is the greatest chess player in history. The answer depends on the criteria one uses. Since I place great emphasis on the ability to play world class chess for the longest period of time, Lasker would be it. He was playing at peak form from 1890 age 22 (when he began a remarkable run of match victories over Bird, Mieses, Blackburne, Showalter, and culminating in his two massacres of Steinitz) until 1925 at age 57 (when he nearly won Moscow after winning new York 1924). Kasparov (high plateau from 1980 to 2005) and Karpov (high plateau from 1972 to 1996) would follow. (At their very peak though, I believe that Kasparov was stronger than Karpov, and both were stronger than Lasker; and the peak Capablanca and Fischer were stronger than any of them.)

5. Computers vs Humans, who is stronger?

Another related question is how history's top masters would fare against computers. It's obvious from Kasparov's time that computers would totally crush them all. Opening knowledge would not matter much. Computers swamp human opponents in the middle game, simply by calculating more variations more rapidly by several orders of magnitude. Peak Capablanca probably would have the best score among humans. Talk about another level of playing is fans' subjective and IMO wrong words for their favorite players, unless one talks about chess computers. Chess computers do play at a higher level.

6. On the game and chess players young and old, past and present:

The proposition that an older player would not be able to adjust to the openings and methods of a younger generation is false, as evidenced by the observation of strong masters whose careers happened to span generations beating the tar out of weaker masters of the next generations. Lasker provides a classic example; he was beating Mieses, Blackburne, and Steinitz in the 1890s, and crushing masters versed in the hyper-modern teaching of controlling the center indirectly- Reti, Bogolyubov, and Euwe in the 1920s. In more recent times, we have Victor the Terrible, who learned most of his chess in the 1940s and 1950s, whom we have seen competing successfully with the so-called computer generation even at an advanced age.

The notion that computers are more advantageous to younger players IMO is not quite right. Younger players should have more energy and stamina in studying chess openings and endgames for long hours everyday compared to older players without computers, but the use of computers would tend to make the learning process easier for every one including the older ones.

As a corollary, computers also make it easier today for very young players in their early teens to peak at a younger age than in past eras, although they tend to level off in their early 20s to their high plateau, defined by their inborn talents and determination.

In brief. computers tend to level chess learning for everyone, young and old.

This is not a rigid rule. The best games I have ever seen played by a 12-13 year old are Capablanca's; and Tal, Karpov, and Kasparov reached their high plateau in their early 20s in a computer-less era, similar to computer age Carlsen. However let it be noted that Carlsen reached his peak sidestepping intensive computer-prepped tactical openings and beating his competitors in the old fashioned way in the middlegame and endgame. These masters peaked early not because of computers by because of their immense chess talent. Perhaps normal rules do not apply to these geniuses.

Another false notion is that the nature of the middlegame today is somehow different from the middlegame in the past. The easiest way to prove the wrongness of this proposition is by observing CG's daily puzzles. Do not peek at the names of the players that played these puzzles, and don't look at the dates. Can you glean from the middlegame play and combinations in the puzzles the date they were played? You can't. You would not know if it was played in 2014, 2000, 1950, or 1900. Chess combinations don't just suddenly change their stripes just because a hundred years have passed.

Another observation is that when the best masters of the past, Lasker and Capablanca met the occasional 'modern' structures of the Sicilian Scheveningen and Dragon, KID, Modern Benoni, Benko Gambit, they played strategically perfectly, in just the way these opening structures should be played. So how did these masters play openings and the resulting middlegame structures that are deemed incomprehensible to them by some of today's dogmatically 'modern' kibitzers? The answer is that chess rules and principles have not changed. Center, rapid development, open files and diagonals, holes, weak pawns, piece activity, initiative and attack, positional sacrifices and all types of combinations were as familiar to them as to us.

Instead, it is the frequencies of a few middlegame pawn structures have changed since WW2. Not the Ruy Lopez or QGD, but obviously Sicilians and KIDs are much more common post-WW2. Since so many games nowadays begin with the Sicilian and KID, people associate these with being 'modern' (which is a rather vague undefined term IMO). But certainly Lasker and Capablanca understood the middlegame principles behind them and when they did get these positions they played them excellently, like the top masters they are.

Moreover, Keres is a smoking gun, bomb proof evidence of the fallacy of Watson's speculation that pre-WW2 masters would not be able to learn 'modern' chess, and Larsen's assertion that he would crush everyone in the 1930s. The glaring fact is that Keres is a 1930s pre-WW2 master whose career extended up to the 1970s, and he did learn (and contributed) to the newer opening variations (the most famous of which is the Keres attack which he invented in 1943). Tellingly enough Keres beat both Watson and Larsen.

7. On ratings:

Elo ratings reflect relative and not absolute chess strength.

Chessplayers are naturally arranged in populations partitioned by geopolitical regions & time periods that have infrequent contacts with one another. Within such a population, players get to play each other more frequently, thus forming a quasi-equilibrium group wherein individual ratings would tend to equilibrate quickly; but not with outside groups. With caveats & in the proper context, FIDE/Elo ratings are simply fallible descriptors & predictors of an active player's near-past & near-future performances against other rated players, & only within the same quasi-equilibrium group.

As corollaries: the best way to evaluate a player's strength is to analyze his games & not his ratings; one cannot use ratings to accurately compare the quality of play of players from the past and present, or even the same player say a decade ago and today; & care should be taken in the use of ratings as a criterion in choosing which players to seed into the upper levels of the WC cycle. All the above often entail comparisons between players from different quasi-equilibrium groups separated by space and/or time.

Regarding inflation deniers, they imply that Elo ratings reflect absolute and not relative chess strength. Professor Elo himself would condemn their view. If the top 20 players were to suffer a serious brain injury and begin playing like patzers, but play no one else for the next decade, they would more or less retain their 2700s ratings, although they would be playing terrible patzerish chess.

8. Best Qualifiers?

The credible, fair, tried & tested Zonals - Interzonals - Candidates (with known strong players directly seeded into the Interzonals & Candidates; & here ratings may be used with caveats) over the random World Cup and the elitist Grand Prix. If possible long Candidate matches and 16 to 24 game World Championship matches. However, with the passing of the state-funded chess era of Soviet times, I begin to doubt if the strict money guzzling qualification process above can be re-installed.

9. The 1993 Chess Rift and Kramnik:

Regarding the Rift in the chessworld after Kasparov split in 1993, I believe that Kramnik has done more than any other individual in helping heal it by concrete actions - agreeing to a WC Match with Topalov in 2006 & not walking out when he could have done so with the support of most of the world's top GMs after getting accused of cheating; & agreeing to Defend his Title in a WC Tournament in 2007, the first time a living Titleholder has agreed to do so in chess history. My eternal gratitude to him.

10. Finances of a would-be Challenger:

Regarding all kinds of problems chessplayers outside of Europe & the USA face in their quest for the Title, Capablanca & Anand have proven it's possible for a non-European non-USA chessplayer to be World Champion; but apparently only if you have the chess talent of a Capablanca or Anand! For others, I guess they would have to try to get monetary support & good seconds somewhere to have some hope for a Title shot.

11. Ducking a World Championship re-match:

Alekhine vs. Capablanca - Not definitively resolved. If pushed, I would tend to favor Capablanca given that pre-WW 2, there was no definitive cycle to choose the Challenger &, after all is said and done, it was the Champion who set the conditions & who chose his Challenger. AAA could & should have chosen Capa; & there was ample time, more than a decade, to do so before WW2. On the other hand, Capa's pride may have caused him to behave arrogantly & thus offend AAA. The issue is very much debatable. //

Kramnik vs. Kasparov - For me, it's resolved. Kudos to Kramnik for trying his best to install a decent Qualifying Event. Kasparov for his reasons clearly did not want to go through the Qualifying Event that he himself had pledged before losing his Title; & did not even seem serious in playing the solely FIDE champions. Why? I can only speculate that Kasparov would rather retire than risk a loss in a Qualifier or a match to either a FIDE champion or to Kramnik. If he regained his Title, he would be the greatest Champion in history, but there was risk involved. If he retired, he would still be the greatest Champion in history, but there would be no risk involved. Kasparov chose the latter & no one should blame him for that decision; & more so don't blame Kramnik!

12. Predictions for Hypothetical World Championship Matches:

Lasker vs. Pillsbury, Rubinstein, Maroczy - Lasker wins 2, loses 1 match //

Lasker vs. Capablanca (inexperienced) 1914 - Lasker close win //

Capablanca (not overconfident & not having TIAs) 1929 to 1937 vs. Alekhine or any other master - Capa win //

Alekhine (sober & prepared) vs. Capablanca (w/ severe HPN & numerous past strokes), Botvinnik, Keres, Fine, Reshevsky, Flohr 1939 - Alekhine win //

Alekhine (alcoholic, ill, & depressed) vs. Botvinnik 1946 - Botvinnik win //

Fischer (inactive for 3 years) vs. Karpov 1975 - Karpov win//

Kasparov vs. Shirov 2000 - Kasparov win. (But GKK should still have given it to Shirov. And don't blame Kramnik. Had Kramnik declined, GKK would have chosen another; & Shirov would still be frustrated.)


I have opened a <'multi-experimental' forum> below. Its nature is that of several secret social and psychological experiments, whose objectives and parameters, and the rules that follow, are strictly defined and which I may or may not reveal. Readers of this forum might be able to deduce some of these rules. Accordingly messages shall be retained or removed with or without explanation, even those from my dear friends here in CG, although I am making it clear here that absolutely no offense is intended to any one in this experiment. I may or may not respond to certain questions and messages, also according to the rules. To my friends: Please bear with me in this matter. There can be a certain amount of disinformation and propaganda in the messages that are retained.

The title of this <'multi-experimental' forum> is:

Biased Journal of a Fourth World Brain Operator

Some abbreviations

CiH = the public City Hospital

PrvH = Private Hospital. There are three main ones. So PrvH 1, PrvH 2, PrvH 3.

ProvH = the public Provincial Hospital

SOL = Space Occupying Lesion

SQ = Subcutaneous tissue layer of the skin or scalp

CVA = Cerebrovascular accident = stroke

EDH = Epidural Hematoma, blood above the dura mater, the outer covering of the brain, and beneath the skull.

SDH = Subdural Hematoma, blood beneath the dura mater.

ASDH = Acute Subdural Hematoma, SDH incurred recently, usually less than a week

CSDH = Chronic Subdural Hematoma, SDH that is more than two weeks old

HCP = Hydrocephalus, too much CSF in the brain's ventricular system

CSF = Cerebrospinal Fluid

CNS = Central Nervous System

CAB = Continuous ambubagging

ETT = Endotracheal tube (for airway purposes)

NGT = Nasogastric tube (for feeding purposes)

NOD = Nurse on duty

The Oracle = personification of the CT (computed tomography) scan.

Magic mirror = the computer monitor where one can see CT scan images.

Witching Hour Admissions or Referrals = 12 midnight to 5am

MF = Motorcycle Fall

Craniectomy = neurosurgical procedure that involves removing a portion of the skull

Tracheostomy = a surgical procedure to create an opening through the neck into the trachea (windpipe)

INTUBATE: To put a tube in, commonly used to refer to the insertion of a breathing tube into the trachea for mechanical ventilation

EXTUBATION: the removal of a tube especially from the larynx after intubationócalled also detubation.

Uneventful day = Most likely still a busy day, making daily rounds in the hospitals, following up post-op patients, seeing patients in the OPD, answering referrals, admitting all kinds of patients in the hospitals; nevertheless a day in which nothing interesting has caught my attention.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 17 July 2015.

Why do teenage girls love to backride on motorcycles without helmets?

14F did it with her likewise 14 year old male classmate driving, and fell off. After admission in CiH, she became comatose.

Luckily for her, her panicky parents secured OR needs quickly; and I managed to operate before she could become brain dead.

(Left parietal temporal frontal craniectomy, evacuation of ASDH, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer. 7/17/15 10:54 am to 12:37 pm. No BT.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 19 July 2015.

Another motorcycle fall, 22M, driver, hit a Forward truck. He was comatose pre-op, with pinpoint pupils (sign of diencephalic phase of central herniation, as the diencephalon or thalamus and adjacent structures become compressed).

(Right frontal parietal craniectomy, evacuation of ASDH, left frontal craniectomy, evacuation of ASDH, bones transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer. 7/19/15 10:20 pm to 12:35 am. I unit BT.)

The patient is in a bad way. Since there were two large ASDHs on top of both hemispheres, I had to do two operations, right and left of the skull's midline. I don't open the midline of the skull because below it is the sagittal sinus, the main venous drainage of the cerebral hemispheres, and it could bleed like red spring.

After the removal of the ASDHs, both of 22M's hemispheres began to swell right out of his skull, above the outer table. They were non-pulsatile. An indication of a severely ischemic or dead brain.

Moreover, the skull's diploe and the scalp's subcutaneous layer also began to bleed profusely. Venous drainage of the skull and scalp mostly enter the dural veins and sinuses, where they compete with brain venous drainage. If the brain is dead and severely swollen, the skull and scalp veins can't drain normally and tend to bleed out into the open. I spent quite some time controlling 22M's diploe and fracture bleeding with bone wax, and individually suturing each bleeding point on his scalp.

I don't think 22M will survive.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 20 July 2015.

Entry 1. Patient that I operated on yesterday 22M is brain dead.

Entry 2. Another motorcycle fall, 35M, backrider.

(Left and right frontal craniectomies, evacuation of EDHs and ASDHs. 7/20/15 9:45 to 10:45 pm. No BT.)

The case of 35M resembles that of 22M closely. There were ASDHs on both sides of the midline, prompting me to do two operations, left and right. 35M was also comatose pre-op with pinpoint pupils. His brain was also non-pulsatile and swelled above the skull's outer table. The only difference if that his skull's diploe and scalp were not bleeding during closure.

Nevertheless I don't think 35M will likewise survive. I threw away the craniectomized bones.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 22 July 2015.

Entry 1. Routine return of bone on 51M, a MF victim whom I had operated on last January.

(Replacement of bone right temporo-parietal. 7/22/15 9:29 am to 10:05 am.)

Entry 2. Surprise. 35M is still alive.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 25 July 2015.

Entry 1. I now regret having thrown away the skull bones of 35M, whom I expected to have died by now. Not only is he alive, his sensorium is increasing. He is now exhibiting volitional movements.

He has acquired the pneumonia that all comatose patients develop after 3 days of lying down in a hospital bed. I decided to be aggressive and do tracheostomy.

The PrH1 Anesthesiologist for this case was out of town and so I did it under local anesthesia (LA) by my own, rather than get another Anesthesiologist. I admix lidocaine, epinephrine, and NSS in these cases and inject it into the operative site. I keep on injecting as I dig deeper and deeper (using blunt dissection) until I reach the pre-tracheal fascia. I then inject into this fascia and do a cross shaped incision on the trachea, the horizontal arm between two tracheal cartilages.

(Tracheostomy 7/25/15 11:34 am to 11:52 am. LA.)

Entry 2. 14F whom I had operated on a week ago (Left parietal temporal frontal craniectomy, evacuation of ASDH, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer. 7/17/15 10:54 am to 12:37 pm. No BT.) has developed post-traumatic seizures.

She is now wide awake, GCS 15, and so I am not too worried. Post-traumatic seizures occasionally occur among my patients, and I just do my SOP for them. I place them on IV Phenytoin.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 29 July 2015. Backrider motorcycle fall case. Comatose pre-op, beginning to decorticate. 19M's brain was also swelling slightly above the outer table when I opened it, but not too much.

(Right fronto-parieto-temporal craniectomy, evacuation of ASDH, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer. 7/29/15 3:02 to 4:36 pm. No BT.)

A swollen brain rising above the skull's outer table is indicative of a very ischemic brain or an infarct. If infarcted, the patient's sensorium usually deteriorates further post-op. We'll have to see if 19M wakes up tomorrow. I refrained from extubating him.

His brain isn't as swollen as the case of (35M, left and right frontal craniectomies, evacuation of EDHs and ASDHs. 7/20/15 9:45 to 10:45 pm.), whom I had thought would die. So I am hopeful 19M will likewise survive.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 30 July 2015.

Entry 1.

They come in pairs. Another backrider motorcycle fall case, 27M. This one occurred two weeks ago. Instead of recovering, he has remained drowsy all throughout the post accident period, and recently has experienced increased sleeping time.

A repeat CT scan shows increasing hypodensity of his subdural hematoma. The hyperdense more whitish blood from the first picture has become darker. This indicates that instead of being absorbed, the blood has liquified into a chronic subdural hematoma. More common in the elderly, this phenomenon also occurs in young patients with a history of alcoholism, such as 27M. CSDHs do not resolve spontaneously, but keep on increasing in size until they kill the patient. Weird tumor-like behavior for a blood clot.

(Left parieto-frontal craniectomy, evacuation of CSDH, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer. 7/30/15 11:22 am to 12:37 pm. No BT.)

If you have a relative that is elderly, or an alcoholic, or both, with a history of head trauma, and progressively becomes drowsier and weaker in the next few weeks, it's best to have a CT scan done. He just might have a growing chronic subdural hematoma.

Entry 2. 19M whom I had operated on yesterday is now more awake and attempting to self-extubate. Good. I extubated him.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 10 August 2015. Two weeks ago 73M was hit by a motorcycle while riding on a bicycle. In the first few days, he seemed fine, but in the past week he began to present with increased sleeping time and motor weakness. The delay in signs and symptoms is typical of a progressively enlarging chronic subdural hematoma.

CT scan showed more than 150cc of the CSDH. The skull's CSF compartment holds only about 75cc of CSF, which is the usual amount displaced by a space occupying lesion before the brain herniates. However, a larger amount is possible in the elderly and alcoholics since their brains are often atrophied. Amazingly enough, 73M was merely drowsy (GCS 14) before the operation.

(Right fronto-parietal-temporal craniectomy, evacuation of chronic subdural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 8/10/15 5:38 pm to 6:30 pm. No BT.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 12 August 2015.

<4 July 2015.

<57M hypertensive basal ganglia hemorrhage patient.

(Right temporo-parietal craniectomy, superior temporal gyrus cortisectomy, evacuation of basal ganglia hemorrhage, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 6/28/15 2:30 pm to 3:51 pm. No BT.)>

57M's pneumonia progressed and I had to do a tracheostomy on him. he is now on the pneumonia-sepsis ride.

(Tracheostomy 7/4/15 10:53 am to 11:10 am.)>

57M has survived the pneumonia sepsis roller coaster ride. He can now communicate. I am discharging him today.

<25 July 2015.

Entry 1. I now regret having thrown away the skull bones of 35M, whom I expected to have died by now. Not only is he alive, his sensorium is increasing. He is now exhibiting volitional movements.>

I have already discharged 35M last week.

I expected the two patients above to die, yet they survived.

You just can't predict with total accuracy who will live or die.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 18 August 2015. Routine return of craniectomized bone on 35M, who last March 2015 was on a truck that hit a roadside bank and incurred an EDH.

(Replacement of bone right parieto-occipital. 8/18/15 3:28 pm to 4:08 pm.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 21 August 2015. Return of craniectomized bone on 26M, another EDH case. It took him an unusually long time to decided that his bone should be returned as he incurred his accident on 12/6/09. His bone was still relatively intact after having been buried and stored in his left abdominal SQ layer for 9 years.

(Replacement of bone left fronto-parieto-temporal. 8/21/15 10:45 am to 11:45 am.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 26 August 2015. Typically presenting with a vague history of progressive decrease in sensorium for a week, a CT scan showed that 52F had a huge chronic subdural hematoma. Medicine Department in CiH referred he to me while she was still stuporous 3 days ago. The relatives refused to have an operation done, but agreed when she finally became comatose yesterday and got intubated.

(Right fronto-parieto-temporal craniectomy, evacuation of chronic subdural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 8/26/15 10:42 am to 11:54 am. No BT.)

Fortunately she woke up post-op, and is expected to survive.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 28 August 2015.

Entry 1. Routine return of craniectomized bone on 21F, another young female backrider who fell off a motorcycle and incurred an EDH last January 2015.

(Replacement of bone right temporo-parietal. 8/28/15 8:58 am to 9:39 am.)

Entry 2. I had scheduled another return of bone following 21F above, but OB Department suddenly declared two emergency CS cases. I was bumped off. All hospitals prioritize Caesarian cases because two lives are involved, the mother and the child.

It was early evening when I finally got to operate on 15M. He was driving a motorcycle without license when he fell off last last year 6/20/14, and incurred an EDH.

(Replacement of bone right temporo-parietal. 8/28/15 6:01 pm to 6:41 pm.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 2 September 2015.

Entry 1. I seem to be having a succession of CSDH cases. I operated on another one today.

61F fell off a cliff two months ago, and since then presented with progressive decrease in sensorium. She is from a province from south of mine, and first went to the big city closest to her home. Although she is a retired pastor in a small Protestant church, her family did not have the financial capacity for a brain operation in the big city. So the doctors in her home city recommended that she seek me out because they know that I operate on charity cases consistently.

She had CSDHs on both sides of her brain, and so I did two craniectomies on her.

(Left fronto-parieto-temporal craniectomy and right fronto-parietal craniectomy, evacuation of chronic subdural hematomas, bone transplants to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 9/2/15 11:20 am to 1:14 pm. No BT.)

Entry 2. Routine return of craniectomized bone on 25M, who last February 2015 drove his motorcycle into a standing truck and incurred a two EDHs on both sides of his brain.

Again I essentially did two operations in one sitting, returning both bones to his skull.

(Replacement of bones right frontal and left parieto-temporal 9/2/15 2:46 pm to 3:50 pm.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 3 September 2015. Routine return of craniectomized bone on 37M, a previous ASDH case. He was driving a motorcycle when it collided with a forward truck last year August 2014.

(Replacement of bone right temporo-parieto-frontal 9/2/15 11:17 am to 11:55 am.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 6 September 2015.

Entry 1.

Occasionally I get super emergency cases, usually patients whose midbrain is in the process of being squashed by a herniating uncus as indicated by anisocoria (dilation of one pupil). If they are EDH cases, then one must move swiftly because these patients can still be saved. Another motorcycle fall driver, 30M, presented with such signs in the ER, comatose (GCS 6) and with one pupil (the right) dilated. The left pupil was still reactive.

If both pupils were dilated, then he's probably dead. No point in hurrying; my task is reduced to trying to explain the situation to the family. But 30M had only one pupil dilated and the Oracle showed a huge EDH. He could still be saved. So I intubated him in the ER and then rushed him to the OR ASAP.

(Right temporo-parietal craniectomy, evacuation of right temporal epidural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 9/6/15 5:00 pm to 5:56 pm. No BT.)

Just before cutting I checked the pupils with my ballpen. (My ballpen has a flashlight at one end, which I routinely use on patients' pupils.) The left pupil had already begun to dilate, at 4mm, the right fully dilated at 8mm. I opened up his skull as fast as I could.

Post op, his left pupil had contracted to 2mm. I don't know if he will survive.

Entry 2.

<26 August 2015. Typically presenting with a vague history of progressive decrease in sensorium for a week, a CT scan showed that 52F had a huge chronic subdural hematoma. Medicine Department in CiH referred he to me while she was still stuporous 3 days ago. The relatives refused to have an operation done, but agreed when she finally became comatose yesterday and got intubated.

(Right fronto-parieto-temporal craniectomy, evacuation of chronic subdural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 8/26/15 10:42 am to 11:54 am. No BT.)

Fortunately she woke up post-op, and is expected to survive.>

Two days post-op the patient was awake enough for me to extubate her. She is now walking around. I am discharging her tomorrow, along with the two return of craniectomized bones cases I did this week.

Sep-08-15  SugarDom: <So the doctors in her home city recommended that she seek me out because they know that I operate on charity cases consistently.>

God will remember your good deeds accordingly.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 11 September 2015.

<6 September 2015. (Right temporo-parietal craniectomy, evacuation of right temporal epidural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 9/6/15 5:00 pm to 5:56 pm. No BT.)

The left pupil had already begun to dilate, at 4mm, the right fully dilated at 8mm.>

30M never woke up and remained anisocoric post-op. Yesterday his left pupil also dilated and he deteriorated to GCS 3. He died this morning.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 18 September 2015. Two craniectomy operations today.

Entry 1. 19M, shot by a known assailant 8 days ago. He came in late by several days because he spent some time in the public hospital in his province before getting referred to me. The original XRs did not show any metallic foreign body, indicative of a bullet, inside his skull. Therefore the doctors simply cleaned and sutured the gunshot wound. The wound was a 4 cm laceration, as the bullet had grazed the scalp and bounced off the skull.

CT scan later showed that the skull sustained a depressed fracture with an epidural hematoma underneath. I decided to debride the lacerated skin and remove the small piece of fractured bone in order to lessen chances for infection, and the also the EDH beneath in passing.

One might ask: why was there no bullet left behind in spite of the fact that the skull was hit hard enough to fracture it? The reason is that a speeding bullet that hits the skull sideways often imparts enough kinetic energy on the bone to fracture it, while getting deflected off at a tangent. One can actually get seriously injured or killed by a bullet that can't be found in one's body.

(Right frontal craniectomy, evacuation of epidural hematoma. 9/18/15 11:29 am to 12:30 pm. No BT.)

Entry 2. 14M, motorcycle fall, hit by a truck. Comatose on admission at GCS 8. I can't believe why parents would allow their 14 year old children to drive a motorcycle in a highway without a license, but this often happens anyway.

(Left frontal craniectomy, evacuation of epidural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer 9/18/15 1:52 pm to 2:47 pm. No BT.)

Both patients woke up after the operations, and I will discharge them in after a week's observation.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 22 September 2015.

33M, motorcycle fall, driver, hit another motorcycle, stuporous on admission at GCS 8.

(Left occipito parieto temporal craniectomy, evacuation of acute subdural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer. 9/22/15 11:25 am to 12:29 pm. No BT.)

I was worried intra-op, as his brain began swelling to the level of the skull's outer table after the evacuation of the ASDH. This is indicative of contusion, edema, ischemia, or worst of all infarct. Post-op however, the patient woke up. So just a contused or ischemic brain which is now recovering, relieved of the ASDH pressure. I should be discharging him after about a week.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 23 September 2015.

27M, motorcycle fall by himself, driver, comatose on admission at GCS 3, bilaterally dilated pupils.

I almost never operate on such patients because I assume they will inevitably die. There are exceptions though, such as in this case. One, the patient was on duty for his company, and the company rep promised to pay for hospital costs. I do know that they usually have insurances for such events for their workers. Two, the patient's wife was crying, begging me to operate.

In such cases, I inform the relatives of my opinion that an operation will not help at all, but if they still insist, and they do not have to pay for it, I proceed. (The operation now becomes an act of consoling the relatives, that everything was done in order to save their patient.)

(Right parieto temporal craniectomy, evacuation of acute subdural hematoma. 9/23/15 12:00 am to 12:23 am. No BT.)

I operated fast because the BP was dropping. About two hours post-op, the patient died.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 24 September 2015. Routine replacement of craniectomized bone on 13M. He had fallen off a truck, and I had operated on him for an EDH 5/28/15.

(Replacement of bone left temporo-parietal 9/24/15 9:16 am to 10:07 am.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 30 September 2015.

10F, hit by a motorcycle while crossing a road, stuporous on admission at GCS 9.

(Right frontal craniectomy, evacuation of epidural hematoma, bone transplant to left hemi-abdomen SQ layer. 9/30/15 10:08 am to 11:00 am. No BT.)

Just before GA in the OR, 10F opened her eyes. It seemed that she wanted to say something but could not. Not surprising considering that her whole brain was swelling (according to the Oracle). Instead, tears began rolling off her eyes. My anesthesiologist injected a sleep-inducing drug, and she closed her eyes.

I am always especially pleased whenever the children I operate on wake up post-op, and this patient did.

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  visayanbraindoctor: 3 October 2015. Routine replacement of craniectomized bone on 35M. He had fallen off a motorcycle 3/21/15 and I had operated on him for bihemisphere ASDHs on 3/22/15.

(Replacement of bones bilateral temporo-fronto-parietal 10/3/15 3:02 pm to 4:14 pm.)

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  visayanbraindoctor: 5 October 2015. On my way to morning rounds, as the PUV I was riding in neared PrH1 I noticed a commotion in the middle of the road in front of the hospital. A motorcycle and a Toyota Avanza vehicle had collided. The motorcycle was lying in the middle of the road, surrounded by some policemen. I got off the PUV and took a look at the motorcycle driver. Eyes open and moving, although unable to comprehend. I told the policemen not to move the patient, walked over to the ER and requested for a gurney in order to carry the patient to the ER. Turned out that the nurses had seen the accident and were already preparing the wheeled stretcher I was asking for. After a short stay in the ER of the private hospital, I had the patient transferred to the public CiH because his family lacked the money.

When I made rounds in CiH in the afternoon, the patient was already awake and communicative. Probably just a brain concussion; he should be fine after a day or two.

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