Videotaping an operation

Sid Schwab shares his thoughts on the matter:

Now, far as I know, it’s a pretty-much universal recommendation of malpractice defense attorneys, and insurers, that surgeons NOT record operations. Why? Simple: in the same way that that barf-inducing, gargantuan photo swung a jury, so have videos, even — hard as it might be to believe — when nothing was all that significant. Hands shake instruments around. Bleeding occurs; it’s cauterized in an effluvium of smoke that can fill the screen. Things are picked up and dropped; bile and stones run out of gallbladders. It happens. But, in the context of a patient having some unspecified post-operative problems, much can be made of these images when they’re on a big screen in living color.

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