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Can Playing Baseball in Youth Lead to Better Surgeons?

An interesting article by Thomas Dodson titled “Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, I Learned Playing Baseball” appears in the 2016 Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (vol. 74, pp. 1709-1710). In the article the author tries to tie in how the game of baseball can teach oral and maxillofacial surgeons much of what they need to know. The author opens by talking about how he is saddened by the lost of Dr. William Harrison Bell who was a prominent surgeon in the field. He then explains that himself and the doctor who passed were both very big into baseball as youths. Dr. Dodson played first base in college and Dr. Bell was a minor league player. Dr. Dodson said that all the doctors he has worked with at various institutions all have been enthusiastic about baseball. He wonders if there is something that causes oral and maxillofacial to like baseball. The author says “While baseball may seem to the unindoctrinated to be a bunch of players randomly chasing a ball, in fact, the flight of a hit is remarkably predictable based on the type of pitch being thrown. Fielders know exactly where to stand and how to execute a double-play with reflexive precision.” He […]

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