Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Joking about cerebral palsy

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 12 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4661
  1. James Owen Drife, retired professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    When you’re an obstetrician cerebral palsy is never far from your thoughts. A brain damaged baby means years of suffering for patient and family and a field day for lawyers, though most cases have nothing to do with events in labour.

    When you retire you try to put these things behind you, though the chance of a lawsuit will still be around for another 25 years. Invitations to meetings won’t, however, and are hard to resist. Recently I spent two days …

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