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We Have to Operate, but Let’s Play First

This makes sense when you realize that playing video games is a form of practice, although most of the time the pattern you practice are quite basic. In this case, however, the manual dexterity pattern finds a useful application:

"The complex manual dexterity required to be a stellar video gamer and minimally invasive surgeon are strikingly similar, said Dr. Rosser, chief of minimally invasive surgery and director of the hospital's Advanced Medical Technology Institute. More important, he is using video games to help develop and train a new generation of surgeons who may have unwittingly acquired an aptitude for laparoscopic surgery while wiling away thousands of hours playing Mortal Kombat, BloodRayne and the like."

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