An extract from Play of the Week.
Vascular Surgery Weekly Meeting.
Surgeon 1, A Man.
Surgeon 2, A Woman.
Registrar 1, A Man With European Accent.
Registrar 2, A Woman.
Resident, A Woman.
Intern, A Man.
Med Student 1, Girl Genius.
Med Student 2, Boy Genius.
Med Student 3, A Woman in Comfortable Shoes.
ACT IV: THE PRESENTATION.
Registrar 1 is on the third slide of his presentation on Compartment Syndrome. Surgeon 1 has commenced a critique of Registrar 1‘s use of the word ‘volume’ instead of ‘space’.
SURGEON 1: I don’t mean to nitpick here, but you’re talking about reduction in compartment volume. That should be reduction in space. It’s not reduction in volume, because liquid can’t be compressed.
REGISTRAR 1: Well… In the textbooks, they are saying reduction in volume.
SURGEON 1: But you can’t compress liquid, can you. [looks around table] Can you?
[REGISTRAR 2, INTERN and RESIDENT look at ground. REGISTRAR 1 looks confused. SURGEON 2 remains impassive.]
SURGEON 1: [looks at Med Students] Come on, one of you must know something about physics. You can’t compress a liquid, can you.
[MED STUDENT 1 looks startled. MED STUDENT 2 shifts in seat.]
MED STUDENT 3: Well, actually, you can compress a liquid. Diesel is a liquid, and it is compression that makes a diesel engine work. You compress the liquid, and it explodes.
[SURGEON 1 looks shocked. SURGEON 2 smirks brightly]
MED STUDENT 3: But if your point is that the compartment space is reduced rather than the volume, well, yes, it’s a confusing way of putting it, but you’re both saying basically the same thing.
Fancy that, an Arts graduate with a minor in diesel mechanics.
I wish you could have been there.