Your life in their handsBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7441.716-a (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:716
- Giulio Bognolo, Roger Robinson editorial registrar
BBC1, Mondays until 22 March, 9 pm
Surgery is advancing continually, and more daring operations are now possible. New techniques are developed and implemented, increasing the chances of improvement or cure. Further advances are expected, and what was impossible to treat some years back can now be tackled. But for these advances to happen some doctors must be prepared to sacrifice a good portion of their lives to their calling and take risks that most people would not take. Or at least so claims Stephen Westaby, one of the surgeons featured in this series. It is quite clear that there is something special pushing these surgeons—“the challenge, the addiction, or an obsession for surgery”—that makes them pursue objectives that most of us would not even consider within reach.
“Your life in their hands” …