Human Factors in Acquiring Medical Skill; Perception and Cognition

  • Anthony G. Gallagher
  • Gerald C. O’Sullivan
  • Gerald C. O’Sullivan
Part of the Improving Medical Outcome - Zero Tolerance book series (IMOZT)


To a large extent, the increase in usage of laparoscopic surgery as an operative technique during the 1980s concealed many of its problems. However, had it not been for the development of laparoscopic surgery, medicine and surgery may never have taken account of ‘human factors’ as they relate to the practice of procedural medicine. As seen over the next two chapters, human factors are at the core of procedural medicine, particularly in relation to the problems associated with the learning and practice of modern image guided techniques.


Human Factor Work Memory Capacity Slave System Sensory Memory Phonological Loop 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony G. Gallagher
    • 1
  • Gerald C. O’Sullivan
    • 2
  • Gerald C. O’Sullivan
    • 3
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.Mercy University HospitalCorkIreland
  3. 3.Cork Cancer Research CentreUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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