We should sing the praises of surgeons more often

Several weeks as a patient in a surgical ward of a Sydney teaching hospital recently gave me an opportunity for ‘participant observation’.

There are a number of features of the patient experience in the hospital setting that usually loom larger than others: the quality of the food for instance, the degree of pain, the extent to which your dignity is preserved, with the competence of the surgeon often coming far down the list of importance.

Below I list the high and lowlights which I hope serve as a

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