Seeing is believingBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.94 (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:94
- Ashley Rule, specialist registrar in adult psychiatry
- Royal London Hospital, London
The popular history of medicine largely consists of stories of brutal procedures carried out at great risk to the patients in the hope of curing disease or preventing death. Some would say that such brutality continues in the 21st century.
I was recently told the shocking story of what had happened to a friend of mine during the birth of her first child. She had hoped to have the baby at home, but after prolonged labour it became clear that an emergency caesarean section was indicated. My friend was rushed to hospital in considerable pain, along with her worried husband, and …