‘The naked surgeon’ provides a brutally honest insight into the medical profession. Transparency is key in the world of medicine, it enables patients to understand exactly what is going on behind hospital doors. Equally key is accountability, as with any other profession, doctors must be responsible for their actions. An important part of transparency and accountability are accurate risk calculations. Surgical risk calculations take into account a range of factors including the patient, the doctor and the hospital. However, as no patient is the same, these calculations are often difficult to relate back to a specific patient’s risk. Nevertheless, these calculations are important for broader scale analyses.
This book describes the personal experiences of Samer Nashef, through his journey from medical student to cardiac surgeon. Chapter by chapter, Nashef explains the statistics of surgical risk calculations. This may seem like a somewhat dry subject, but thankfully interest is maintained using a combination of witty anecdotes and analogies. Some of these statistics are particularly unsettling, as an example the book claims that patients operated on the day before a surgeon goes on holiday are twice as likely to die than those operated on than those operated on the day they return.
This book is an important read for medical students and patients alike. Whether you have an interest in statistics or the medical world, ‘The naked surgeon’ is well worth