The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Odyssey; What for Chop Today?BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7318.941 (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:941
- Rhona MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Odyssey
Picador, £15.99, pp 407
ISBN 0 330 48080 4
What for Chop Today?
TravellersEye, £7.99, pp 337
ISBN 1 903070 07 4
Isn't it strange that even though we all go through the same medical school factory we all end up doing different things? However, some of us want to be more “different” than others and feel stifled at the thought of settling down to a “normal” job. The authors of these two books fall into this category.
Jonathan Kaplan seems to thrive on working outside the mainstream. He went to medical school in South Africa before training as a surgeon in Britain, and going to America to teach and to do research. After he had had a research innovation “pinched” and realising that most American …