I’m a surgeon who operated on a man who had just committed a horrific murder — here’s how I control my emotions during surgery

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Surgery is often the only option for critically ill patients.
In his book, surgeon Paul A. Ruggieri recounts an occasion in which he was called into surgery to urgently operate on a man who had just murdered his wife.
Even though Ruggieri was filled with rage towards the man, once he was in the operating room it was “no different to any other surgery.”
Surgeons are human and experience emotions like anyone else — however, they are excellent at successfully carrying out a surgery despite these conflicted feelings.

The following is an excerpt from ‘Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated … Life Behind the O.R. Doors‘ by Paul A. Ruggieri, M.D.:

I wanted him to die. I really did. I was hoping his heart’s pumping action would just stop. I was hoping he would never make it to the operating room.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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