Sunday, July 20, 2008

"Birth of a Surgeon"

Sub-Saharan Africa is the most dangerous place on earth to give birth. PBS's Wide Angle did an episode on an amazing group of midwives in Mozambique who are being trained in obstetric surgical techniques. Definitely worth a viewing.

It's stories like these that make me want to pack up and move back to Africa.

(In Angola, my doctor friends told me that several nurses performed surgical procedures. In fact, there was not a single anesthesiologist in Lobito, Angola's second largest city- it was all done by nurses. I always wondered what those nurses would think if they knew that anesthesiology was one of the most high-paid specialities in the US.)

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