Joking about cerebral palsyBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4661 (Published 12 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4661
- James Owen Drife, retired professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
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 …