'I began to feel very woozy and tried to ignore it until it was too late'

MY WORST DAY AT MEDICAL SCHOOL

Professor Arthur Conigrave, the Dean of Sydney Medical School, learnt an important lesson in his fourth year.


“It was my fourth year. I had only been in surgery about a dozen times, and this day was very hot and stuffy. I was perched on a stool above the operation, watching a diathermy cut through the skin and fat of a patient.

“The smell of diatherming fat is not pleasant: a sickly sweet cloud of nauseating smoke was coming right at me. I began to feel very woozy and tried to ignore it until it was too late. By the time I

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