Take Your Ego Back to School, Surgeons Told

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Examples of ego-driven behaviour were cited in a paper published by the journal in November. They included transplant surgeon Simon Bramhall, who was convicted of assault last January for cauterising his initials on patients’ livers during operations at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. A judge described his actions as “conduct born of professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behaviour”.

The author of the paper, Christopher Myers, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins university in Baltimore, Maryland, warned that milder forms of such behaviour still pervaded modern surgery.

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