March 24, 2013

"I ended up in paediatric neurosurgery because children make better recoveries from brain trauma than adults."

"So it's more rewarding in terms of outcome and I find children's resilience really inspiring. From the age of six you have an inkling of your own mortality, and most have a good understanding of what's going on. It's taken me a decade to become comfortable discussing an operation with a child, but they have to be able to ask questions. You have to show them respect. Sometimes their perspective is funny; most teenage girls just want to know how much hair you'll shave off. I don't get upset by my job. I didn't put the tumour there, I'm dealing with what's gone wrong. These children are dying when they come in and I do whatever I can to make them better."

From "Jobs confidential: 15 people reveal the truth about their work," via Metafilter, where there's this:
As long as you're pretending you're actually talking to the dead or can see into the future, and it's more than "just a bit of fun", then that's exactly what you're doing.

Was that the priest, the call centre worker or the financial advisor?

12 comments:

edutcher said...

The Blonde will walk the streets before she does peds or OB. When a kid gets sick, they really get sick, as she says, and, if it goes bad in OB, you can have Dad going home not just with one, but many times with none.

Mitchell the Bat said...

Ten years is a very, very long time to feel uncomfortable talking to your surgical candidates, I should think.

Hats off for toughing it out.

Mary Beth said...

I don't believe the psychic isn't ripping people off either.

I had to look up "Haribo".

Bob Ellison said...

That essay is fiction, by which I mean to say, the UK writer made it all up.

If he or she had done a better job, it might have worked. Then again, Rush's theory of low-info people might prevail: the essay might get past most people.

pm317 said...

And learn again that dying is easy. It's life that's the bloody, bloody hard work.

From the undertaker.

FleetUSA said...

My guess financial advisor talking about estate planning.

betamax3000 said...

Someone mentioned in a previous post the advice to the effect of "Find a job you enjoy; if you can't, then find a hobby."

My hobby is brain surgery.

You don't have to be a Rocket Scientist to be a Brain Surgeon.

betamax3000 said...

Like many things in life, the Key to Brain Surgery is: Measure Twice, Cut Once.

betamax3000 said...

It is good to first practice Brain Surgery on people who don't actually have a brain injury: just to get the Lay of the Land, as it were.

wyo sis said...

Bob
Either made it all up or wrote it all up. They all have the same style.

Ann Althouse said...

I think they are probably interviews that were compressed for publication.

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