Innocence revisited

Innocence revisited – 13

Debbie Beswick



This year’s first short story, by Dr Debbie Beswick, begins with an innocent and earnest medical student...

Article Extract

Four lessons and a transition
The chosen one

Once upon a time I was very innocent indeed. Even worse, I was earnest. I was possibly the most earnest student who ever donned a white coat, which is no doubt why the professor chose me to examine the trouserless, elderly gentleman during our first ever surgical tutorial.

At that stage of my career, I had only the haziest idea of what circumcision involved, let alone the intricacies of the inguinal canal, so the grossly distorted anatomy of the poor man’s scrotum posed quite a challenge.