Doctors Give Progress Updates…on Twitter!

For those of you not familiar with the pervasive communication known as “texting”, which is no different than an email, except that it is usually highly abbreviated due to the fact that a phone touchpad is being used , rather than a QWETRY keyboard, there is an even newer form of this called “Twitter”.

Instead of writing a long paragraph, people write brief messages 140 characters or less,saying things like “Just 8 breakfast.” or “I won!” These “Tweets” allow the most self-absorbed person to give the blow-by-blow details of their day, or the busiest rock star to tell fans they have arrived in Los Angeles. This new form of communication was recently used during an experimental kidney cancer surgery. The doctor dramatically telling his subscribers how much time he had left to complete the removal of the tissue and what he was cutting and clamping.

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