Explore this issue:December 2015
I enjoyed the thought-provoking article entitled “The Aging Surgeon” by G. Richard Holt, MD, (ENTtoday, August 2015). However, I have to take exception with the surgeon’s inability to name instruments during a surgery as an example used to signal a decline in mental function/physician ability. Another explanation for this inability is “flow,” as described by Mihaly
Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, the former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago (Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. 1990; New York: Harper and Row).