Sounding: Risky Business
Oops, almost slipped there and impaled myself on this pen. Very nasty. You could have someone's eye out like that, you know. And why wasn't I warned? Surely the Student BMJ should send some kind of information to its contributors about the potential hazards of being a columnist. What if I develop repetitive strain injury from word processing the article? What if I fall off my chair?
The fact is, just about everything we do carries a risk. Some risks are so negligible we act as if they don't exist. Getting struck by lightning is the obvious example (unless of course you happen to be swimming through a thunderstorm dressed in a metallic suit under a tall tree, with an aerial attached to you). Humans love to try to quantify risk. Then we can form insurance companies and have big offices with wood panelling.
Once the risks are quantified, the