Intimate Knowledge (intimate + knowledge)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Selected Abstracts

Surgical anatomy of the biliary tract

HPB, Issue 2 2008
Abstract An intimate knowledge of the morphological, functional, and real anatomy is a prerequisite for obtaining optimal results in the complex surgery of extra and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. A complete presentation of the surgical anatomy of the bile ducts includes study of the liver, hepatic surface, margins, and scissures. The frequent variations from the normal anatomy are described and an overview of the blood supply and lymphatics of the biliary tract is presented. [source]

9/11 and the ,Problem of Imagination': Fight Club and Glamorama as Terrorist Pretexts

Per Serritslev Petersen
In the recently published 9/11 Commission Report, a major issue in the analysis of counterterrorist policy challenges is said to be ,the problem of imagination.' This problem cuts both ways, namely both in terms of the American intelligence bureaucracy's congenital deficiency in imagination (,Imagination is not a gift usually associated with bureaucracies'), and in terms of the Al Qaeda terrorists' astonishing possession of imagination and sophistication (,We learned about an enemy who is sophisticated, patient, disciplined, and lethal'). The 9/11 terrorists' imagination, I suggest, was embedded in a sophisticated cultural literacy as far as post-modern Americana are concerned, including an intimate knowledge of the apocalyptic imaginary that typifies much American fin - de - siècle fiction and film, and which, consequently, could and would serve as a reservoir of terrorist pretexts or scenarios. For the terrorist masterminding 9/11 knew exactly what he was doing: the apocalyptic phantasms of the post-modern American imaginary would be brought home to roost, as it were, with a vengeance. By way of illustration I focus on two texts, a film and novel, both produced in 1999, namely David Fincher's Fight Club and Brett Easton Ellis's Glamorama. [source]

Imagining Aboriginal Nations: Early Nineteenth Century Evangelicals on the Australian Frontier and the "Nation" Concept

Kevin Blackburn
This article evaluates the extent that Aboriginal societies in early nineteenth century Australia were known by Europeans coming into early contact with them as Aboriginal nations rather than as tribes. The study demonstrates that early nineteenth century Evangelicals saw the Aboriginal societies that they encountered on the Australian frontier as nations because the Evangelicals' view of the world was based on that found in their Bible, in which it is described how God had divided the world up into different nations. The article draws the conclusion that seeing Aboriginal people as nations was common among the Evangelicals. However, the practice of mapping and delineating individual Aboriginal nations was limited to a few Evangelicals, such as George Augustus Robinson and Edward Parker, who had acquired an intimate knowledge of Aboriginal culture. [source]

Predictors of skin self-examination performance

CANCER, Issue 1 2002
June K. Robinson M.D.
Abstract BACKGROUND Skin self-examination (SSE) may reduce the death rate from melanoma by as much as 63%. Enhancing SSE performance may reduce mortality and morbidity. This study determined predictors of SSE performance in a population of individuals who were at risk of developing melanoma or nonmelanoma skin carcinoma (NMSC). METHODS Patients (n = 200) were asked about their knowledge of the warning signs, their sense of the importance of SSE to them, their attitude about and confidence in their ability to perform SSE, and their impression of their partner's comfort and ability with assisting in the skin examination. The interval since last skin examination, the number of physician visits (nondermatologist and dermatologist), the number and type of skin malignancies, the time since initial diagnosis, the number of skin biopsies, and health insurance status were determined from the medical records for the prior 3 years. RESULTS Seventy percent of participants performed SSE. The three strongest predictors of SSE performance were attitude, having dermatology visits with skin biopsies and at least one skin carcinoma in the previous 3 years, and confidence in performance (P = 0.0001). Other predictors of SSE performance were perceived risk (P = 0.0001), knowledge (P = 0.004), and younger age (P = 0.045). CONCLUSIONS Annual skin examination by physicians and monthly SSE by patients reinforce one another in promoting early detection. In this high-risk population, the dermatologist reinforced SSE performance by biopsy of skin lesions that were skin malignancies. People have intimate knowledge of their own skin and bear the consequences for failure to detect and treat skin carcinoma early; thus, monthly SSE becomes relevant as a personal health-promotion habit. Cancer 2002;95:135,46. © 2002 American Cancer Society. DOI 10.1002/cncr.10637 [source]