The Helicopter Mortgage

by Ramsey Su
Acting Man

Medical vs. Financial Engineering

I broke my elbow a month ago, pretty badly as I was told. The surgeon screwed the pieces back together, using a steel alloy bracket and six screws. Two hours later, I left the hospital with no cast, a bandage (just to cover a very ugly scar), a prescription for painkillers and therapy started a week later.

[…] What would have happened if I had suffered the same accident in 1975? The surgery would probably be in-patient, requiring a couple of days in the hospital. The broken fragments would take weeks to heal, in a cast. Rehab would take many months while I may never regain the previous range of motion or strength again. Medical engineering has advanced so much in the last forty years.

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