Views And Reviews

Morale and mistakes

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6934.985 (Published 09 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:985
  1. I Robertson

    A friend was on the trolley on the way to theatre for an elective caesarean section when the dismayingly young surgeon leaned over casually and asked if she was planning to have another child, adding that he really had to know immediately, as this would affect how he cut her open. The 30 seconds he allowed her to make this major life decision under conditions of stress, pre-med, and semi naked horizontality was of course generous by modern hospital standards. However, the worry over this man's skills as far as human relations are concerned soon yielded to the conviction of a likely exemplary technical competence.

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