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Professor Blandy's response:

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7556.1488-a (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1488

“Political correctness had nothing to do with it. I realised I was just plain wrong and that my theatre nurses were perfectly able to look after these instruments—so the sentence was withdrawn in later editions. Remember this was written at a time when transurethral resection was regarded as very dodgy: it was bound to make the patient incontinent even if he escaped getting a hole in his rectum; it always had to be done all over again and instruments (before the days of Harold Hopkins) were fickle and frail. I don't suppose anyone uses Cheatle's forceps for lifting things out of a sterilising boiler any more, but they certainly could wreak havoc with a resectoscope telescope, whether wielded by a blonde or not.”

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