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Breathing life into a dead art

Michael ODonnell

Michael O’Donnell

TV doctor and full-time writer Dr Michael O’Donnell brings the last taster from his new book, Medicine’s Strangest Cases. This month, he looks back at doctors’ obituaries.

One charming medical tradition is the civility with which doctors deal with one another in public.

Offstage, they can be as bitchy as those who practise the other performing arts, but their traditional public relationship is one of deference and exaggerated politesse.

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