We are all in the first year of our CPE preparation course. Most of us are university students studying here in Thessaloniki.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

This is an exercise we discussed yesterday in our lesson. Who do you think should get the treatment?


General hospital

Photo by BinkyBink

The situation: Imagine that you are in a small hospital in a poor part of the world which has only a limited number of beds.There are three patients who require urgent medical treatment, however, there is only one place available.


You are the head of paediatrics. You have in your care aseriously ill young girl who needs an operation on her spine. If she does not have an operation within the next 48 hours
it is almost certain she will be paralysed from the waist down.


You are a neurologist. You have in your care a sick pregnantwoman who must undergo brain surgery to remove a tumour. Without the operation her chances of survival are 50/50.


You are the local GP. You have in your care a father of three. The man has a heart condition caused by heavy smoking. If he doesn't have open-heart surgery immediately he is likely to
suffer a heart attack and possibly die.


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