Surgeons gone wild

At least this time the surgeons aren’t disgracing my profession by making ignorant statments about evolution. Well, actually, I almost wish they were, because puffed up idiots pontificating about evolution at least don’t put patients in immediate danger like this:

A routine appendix operation in Belgrade went badly wrong when two surgeons started fighting and stormed from the operating theatre to settle their dispute outside, the daily Politika reported on Wednesday.

Surgeon Spasoje Radulovic was operating when his colleague Dragan Vukanic entered and made a remark that started a quarrel, said the anaesthesiologist on duty.

“At one moment Vukanic pulled the ear of the operating doctor, slapped him in the face and walked out,” she said.

Radulovic followed and an all-out fight ensued, resulting in bruises, a split lip, loose teeth and a fractured finger.

The operation was completed successfully by the attending assistant doctor.

I can just picture what probably happened here. Dr. Vukanic probably looked over Dr. Radulovic’s shoulder and then made a snide remark about his operative technique. I’ve seen it before, but never seen it result in a physical fight. Whatever happened, both surgeons deserve a good smacking and discipline by the hospital and the Belgrade medical licensing authority. Either that, both of them should be fired and the attending assistant promoted to take their place. He at least kept his cool and remembered that, when there’s a patient on the operating table, that must always be the surgeon’s only concern.

Always.

(Via Kevin, MD)