Wednesday 13 December 2017

Anaesthetist wrote book while patients out cold

Jeremy Laurence

It is a torrid tale of unrequited love which ends with a charge of sexual harassment. But 'Bound With New Ropes', a new 480-page novel, has one unusual feature – it was written by a British anaesthetist while his patients were asleep.

The book charts the downfall of a university lecturer smitten by the charms of one of his students and his search for revenge after he is found guilty of harassing her by a tribunal.

In the book, author Peter Morris, who works at Castle Hill Hospital, east Yorkshire as a staff-grade anaesthetist – one rank below consultant – explains how he found the time to write it.

"Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust kindly paid me to write it whilst simultaneously giving anaesthetics," he wrote.

His acknowledgments continue: "Many of their tardy surgeons unwittingly helped by making simple operations last for hours."

There is a long tradition of surgeons poking fun at anaesthetists, the 'quiet heroes' of the operating theatre who are supposed to have time on their hands once they have put their patients under.

But it is rare for an anaesthetist to poke back in public.

Dr Morris, who self-published his book, was not available for comment yesterday. A person answering his office phone said he was away. When asked if he was on holiday, she replied: "Kind of." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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