Anaesthetists – learn to work a DVD or perish

Surgeons used to ask you to count to ten before they opened you up. Now they ask you to pick a movie.

I’m still far from happy at the idea of going under the knife without being out for the count but I’m delighted at what seems to be the most popular choice for patients wanting something to take their mind off things while their limbs and organs are put to rights.

Given the disquieting sawing, yanking and pulling going on in the background, you’d think it would take a DVD collection worthy of the Playboy Mansion to provide the corresponding level of distraction, but no. Take a bow, Bob Nudd’s The Guide to Successful Pole Fishing, in which I’m pretty sure the great man doesn’t so much as take his cap off...

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