Who cleans the clogs?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1115
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    Surgeons have an image of being control freaks, but today's operating theatres are more democratic than you think. Few of us surgeons enjoy sitting in a circle and sharing our thoughts in an egalitarian way, but then nor do the rest of the team. Each member—nurse, technician, anaesthetist—is proud of his or her role and knows that the rest do not fully understand it.

    Nevertheless, most decisions are shared. Patient and surgeon together decide whether …

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