The Naked Surgeon: the power and peril of transparency in medicine

Scribe Publications
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We are not meant to touch hearts. We all have one, but most of us will never see one. The heart surgeon now has that privilege but, for centuries, the heart was out of reach even for surgeons. So when a surgeon nowadays opens up a ribcage and mends a heart, it remains something of a miracle, even if, to some, it is merely plumbing.

As with plumbers, the quality of surgeons’ work varies. As with plumbers, surgeons’ opinion of their own prowess and their own attitude to risk are not always reliable. Measurement is key. We’ve had a century of effective evidence-based medicine. We’ve had barely a decade of thorough monitoring of clinical outcomes. Thanks to the ground-breaking risk modelling of pioneering surgeons like Samer Nashef, we at last know how to judge whether an operation is in a patient’s best interest, which hospital and surgeon would be best for that operation, when it might best be performed and what the exact level of risk is. We have at last made what is important in surgery measurable. But how should surgeons, and their patients, use these newfound insights?

Ever since his days as a medical student, Samer Nashef has challenged the medical profession to be more open and more accurate about the success of surgical procedures, for the sake of the patients. In The Naked Surgeon, he unclothes his own profession to demonstrate to his reader (and prospective patient) many revelations, such as the paradox at the heart of the cardiac surgeon’s craft: the more an operation is likely to kill you, the better it is for you. And he does so with absolute clarity, fluency and not a little wit.

PRAISE FOR SAMER NASHEF

‘[The Naked Surgeon] takes a Malcolm Gladwell-esque look at what happens in operating theatres … If a book-length examination of the topic sounds dry, it isn't. Nashef’s humanity and compassion shine through.’ The Times

‘One can't help but think of Henry Marsh when reading Samer Nashef … Nashef does a fine job of guiding the reader though the surgical and statistical intricacies and he writes clearly, with plentiful moments of humour.’ The Independent

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About the author

Samer Nashef qualified as a doctor at Bristol in 1980. He is a consultant cardiac surgeon at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, and a world-leading expert on risk and quality in surgical care. The author of more than 200 publications, his research has been widely cited and he has been invited to lecture in more than 30 countries. A clinical tutor at the University of Cambridge, he is also a dedicated public communicator, having appeared in NHS Direct videos, at the Wellcome Trust foundation and in Channel 4’s The Operation. He is also a regular compiler of cryptic crosswords for the Guardian and Financial Times under a pseudonym.

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Publisher
Scribe Publications
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Published on
Jun 4, 2015
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781925113808
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Insurance / Health
Health & Fitness / Health Care Issues
Mathematics / Game Theory
Medical / General
Medical / Health Care Delivery
Medical / Health Risk Assessment
Medical / Surgery / General
Science / General
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