The Naked Surgeon
In the past two centuries, medicine has undergone a revolution. Not only do we have effective treatments, we also have at least some hard evidence that they work. Yet how well do those who treat us actually treat us?
Samer Nashef looks at the development of tools to measure how well surgeons and hospitals are performing and addresses the crucial decisions faced by anyone contemplating a medical intervention: Should I keep taking the tablets? Should I have an operation? Which surgeon should I choose to do it? He reveals why choosing a surgeon with the lowest patient mortality rate could be a mistake; how anaesthetists seem to make no difference to the outcome of an operation, but surgeons do; and why patients operated on the day before a surgeon goes on holiday are twice as likely to die than those operated on during that surgeon’s first day back from holiday.
He will be interviewed by Phil Hammond.