The first cut is the hardest
One of the silliest stories to emerge in the media this summer was that of GP Dr Jonathan Heatley who back in August performed a vasectomy on himself in his West Sussex surgery.
Dentist Andrew Sharp of Barnsley quickly responded to the GP's challenge; the following week he amply illustrated the long standing competitiveness between the medical and dental professions. Andrew, aged 32 and old enough to know better, extracted his own wisdom tooth in his surgery after reading about Dr Heatley in his morning paper.
What next one wonders? If any doctor does take up the challenge he probably would not be the first. Certainly members of the medical profession have done some very strange things: the insane American murderer and fabled lexicographer Dr William Chester Minor eventually received his release from Broadmoor after 38 Years' residence only after performing a penectomy on himself with a penknife.
But not everyone who performs surgery on themselves is mad, nor for that matter are they members of the medical professions.
Not long ago Antarctic explorer Kate Jordon, stuck in the icy wilderness, performed her