ISSN : 2266-6060

The doctor-patient bond

Montpellier, December 2019.

In this congested storeroom in the operating room, the surgeons are practising their new robot adorned with a thousand virtues. Around this surprising man-machine arrangement, they piled up medical equipment that they no longer knew where to store: the small electric car that children drive to go to the operating room, a stretcher or ‘Golgoth Ier’, a coloured injector. Against the wall, a metal shelf signals a time when it was used to order the instruments during surgery. What a surprise when reading on labels: ‘eyebrow fat injection’, ‘shoulder/upper limb 1’, ‘other fragments’, ‘lipostructure’ … and above all ‘tattoo’! Yes, of course, when seeing this classification, it seems obvious that inscriptions on our bodies impose on surgeons to make circumventions, detours and cutouts which make each intervention unique. And cannot reduce the doctor-patient bond on the symptoms of a pathology treated by a technician.
Who knows how the robots that are supposed to be less invasive than the surgeons who control them remotely from their sleeping patients will transform the way they consider this singularity?