Surgical dress code - according to Sir Lancelot Spratt
Luke Cascarini turns to the greatest surgeon of them all for some (spoof) sartorial advice
- By: Luke Cascarini
As I struggle up the long and laborious slopes of a surgical career, my fingers gripping the fragile ledge of registrardom, I've been reflecting on what makes the difference between a graceful ascent and crawling over broken glass. Admiring my frayed Marks and Spencers' cuffs and polyester tie, I've been wondering whether a bit more attention to sartorial detail could have made a difference. So, for advice on dress code I have turned to the greatest surgeon of them all--Sir Lancelot Spratt. He may be fictional and old fashioned, but his wise words are real enough and contemporary enough to remain as gold dust for the ambitious modern doctor.
"The most important rule in surgery is 'show you know your place.' Although imitation is the greatest form of flattery it is very poor form for you to dress like a consultant until you actually are one.
"Getting through a surgical