A surgeon’s handsBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1892 (Published 04 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g1892
- Mai Rostom, specialist trainee year 3 plastic surgery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill Road, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN, UK
I remember when I was a young and budding doctor; people would look admiringly at my hands, smile knowingly, and say “you have the hands of a surgeon.” This was a wonderful compliment; it generally meant you had elegant hands, long nimble fingers, and soft, unblemished skin. They were not heavy labourer’s hands—surgeon’s hands were for delicate work, they were for making art . . . or so I thought.
Yesterday, five years later, after …