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This display is professional artwork by Paige LeBrie depicting the process of repair of a cleft lip. It was selected because it demonstrates the heart & soul of what this entire blog is about. In a way the blog is part of a book which is based on a spirit called Interplast. Interplast is not an organization, but a way of life.

This blog is a collection of the adventures, impressions and ideas collected during the many international humanitarian surgery trips conducted by Dr. Laub. It also features experiences and “vignettes” of the individual people who held many passports which contributed to the body of knowledge and the theory of Interplast by means of their experiences, the trouble that they got into, and the barriers that they overcame. These experiences provide the muscle on the skeleton. The muscle being the body of knowledge, and the skeleton is comprised of the theories and core values learned slowly and taught by each mistake. These stories are complimented by academic analysis of the social and political techniques employed and theoretical principles learned. The theories that will be put forth to you are the psychic income, the peak experience, the multiplication factor, the power of the group, law of paradoxes, the 7 psychological levels, the wolf dream, the 4 answers, politics can be your friend, body image, how to manage the international incident, and how to act on an international trip. To view stories, see table below and click on the pictures or titles, which is comprised of adventure, experience, mistakes, and defeat, all of which led to what we learned with each trip.

LATEST STORIES

I could not help but connect the internal fissures seen within the human body, to the larger natural fissures around the San Andreas Fault.

I could not help but connect the internal fissures seen within the human body, to the larger natural fissures around the San Andreas Fault.

 

Sternal Dehiscence

“Although I had removed the heads of several hundred chickens, ducks, and geese, and a pig to boot, and had dismembered each with nary a hint of visceral reaction – the queasy stomach, the inability to control yourself from fainting down to the ground in a cold sweat; nevertheless when I was a second assistant on an exploratory lap, I felt that visceral thing..”

The schedule was full but we had to make time for her.

The Devil’s Fool – American Naiveté Manipulated

“As surgeons, we were quick to believe that our skill and knowledge could save someone from a life of abuse and shame. We were heros each of us was eager to prove it. The truth was much less scandalous.”

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Ready to take the post-op patients from Mexicali to Calexico. A light and silly air about us.

How to Act on an International Trip, 101

“In Latin America the culture is different, the person is more important than the thing. This has certain implications in our behavior. In conversation you stand closer to the other person than in America.”

Ideally, the doctors who participate in an Interplast trip, are doing so for the psychic income, and not for any other motivation, therefore would fit into the Seventh Level.

Ideally, the doctors who participate in an Interplast trip, are doing so for the psychic income, and not for any other motivation, therefore would fit into the Seventh Level.

The Seven Psychological Levels

“The second level consists of being a member of a tribe which is usually 9 persons (7 to 11) under a single leader. The tribal members stay alive because the strength of 9 accomplishes more than one could ever. If they pull together, and they do because they have learned through the centuries to do exactly what the leader says.”

The 1st Worldwide Confederation of Interplasts in 1991. These elite contributors to the fund of knowledge of Interplast show how these early trips to Mexico allowed the spirit of Interplast to multiply. One must never denigrate the treatment of the single person because in medicine, the one person multiplies into many.

The 1st Worldwide Confederation of Interplasts in 1991. These elite contributors to the fund of knowledge of Interplast show how these early trips to Mexico allowed the spirit of Interplast to multiply. One must never denigrate the treatment of the single person because in medicine, the one person multiplies into many.

Politics May Be Your Friend, Doctor

“We arrived in San Pedro Sula at 11:30 in the morning and looked for the very experienced 85-year-old Dr. Bendaña, dean of the surgeons in San Pedro Sula. He was not at the hospital, so we took a cab from there to his private home. The maid told us that he had gone away to his farm in the country. Medicine is like a trampoline. At one moment you’re high in the air and at the next you’re very low. This was a low point.”

One of our solutions, the party

One of our solutions, the party

Barriers

“I talked about RAC realizing the priority to forward the field of medicine by following the path, which was posted to be, “Research, my son.” But, he slipped up personally, performing a CL&P repair with assistance from students who were helpers to the fact. They shared in the satisfaction of doing it.”

No transportation? No Problem? The doctors of Interplast faced a lack of transportation means. Through the recruitment of retired pilots, the program established a fleet that would get them to the patients.

No transportation? No Problem? The doctors of Interplast faced a lack of transportation means. Through the recruitment of retired pilots, the program established a fleet that would get them to the patients.

Interplast II: Hurdles and Defeat

“The Psychic Income juices began to flow in me. I asked Phil, “Are there any more cases in Mexico? Or even in the Mexicali area?” “Hundreds!” This variety of good cases was only 614 miles from where I was reading the schedule for that week and making these wishes.”

The Bill Wilson Story

“I started to explore the various ways of getting a medical education. The more medical schools I visited, the more I was discouraged. There just didn’t seem to be any way a guy embarking on middle age with B-average undergraduate and graduate work was going to get into medical school in the 1970s.”

A fishing trip with Brother Bill teaches valuable lesson

A fishing trip with Brother Bill teaches valuable lesson

Muskie Fishing with Brother Bill

“We knew in our determined hearts that we were capable of adventure, of overcoming the inevitable problems. We were outfitted for the task. Supporting gear was obtained at a “war surplus store”: Air Force one-man insect-proof arctic survival tents in dark olive drab in reversible white nylon, complete with mosquito netting.”

The Founders of Interplast

The Founders of Interplast

The Reason for Interplast

“We knew in our determined hearts that we were capable of adventure, of overcoming the inevitable problems. We were outfitted for the task. Supporting gear was obtained at a “war surplus store”: Air Force one-man insect-proof arctic survival tents in dark olive drab in reversible white nylon, complete with mosquito netting.”

The Formal Signing of Interplast Letter of Intent

The Formal Signing of Interplast Letter of Intent

The Basic Idea

“We had a grand idea and we all knew the idea was grand. On our first trip to Mexico, to Culiacan, Sinaloa, we performed thirty-nine cases and enjoyed great success. Of course we were proud of the accomplishment. Being proud of our record, we immideately planned a repeat trip. The second trip was outfitted with a nice team, in fact a superb team. But we were kicked out of Mexico because we had generated international publicity on the first trip.”

The Interplast Experience

The Interplast Experience

The Grand Coincidence of Mexicali, Or Was It

“Using the paradigm of George Chippendale (retired rocket and satellite aeronautical engineer, MIT math grad, and Interplast pilot), God arranges the coincidences. If He/She sets the stage for these coincidental happenings, but least a “miracle” to then occurs a person must act on the coincidences. The coincidences set up plus the action of free choice equals a miracle: happening not otherwise easily explained by deductive or inductive algorithm, nor reasonable thinking.”