Surgical oncologist Max Buttarelli (C) carries out intraoperative radiation therapy on a breast cancer patient on November 2, 2017, in the surgical unit of the Paoli-Calmettes Institute overall cancer care centre in Marseille, southeastern France.
Intraoperative radiotherapy is the application of a single dose of therapeutic levels of radiation using an Intrabeam device to the tumor bed after the cancerous tumor has been extracted and while the area is exposed during surgery. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT        (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Sign on the Clotted Spine

It’s usually OK to be proud of your work and lend your name to it. But most people would draw the line at signing their initials into the flesh of internal organs. Not Dr. Simon Bramhall of the UK, apparently. He pleaded guilty to charges that he etched his initials, “SB,” onto the livers of two transplant patients with an argon beam in 2013. Jeff and Anthony discuss whether this should be a crime at all, and what kind of person does it.


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