Sydney surgeon takes doctors to task in new book

A PROMINENT Sydney surgeon has cast doubt on the efficacy of dozens of common procedures, arguing in a new book that many operations have become mainstream without proper evidence.

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ian Harris says doctors must be "more scientific" and should apply the questioning attitude they have towards other practitioners to themselves and their own practice.

In the book, titled Surgery: The Ultimate Placebo, Dr Harris also calls on professional societies