A surgeon's gloved hands make an incision into the chest to begin heart surgery. The tool uses electricity to burn through layers of skin. The smell in the operating room is horrible, and best described in an article by Jerome Groopman, which appeared in the New Yorker: "With each dab of the cautery, there is a tiny wisp of smoke, which dissipates, and the smell of burning flesh, which does not."

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