Medical Humanities (2005) Audio


Benedict reads the story of a young doctor, who lacks experience, but overcomes his fears and succeeds.

Medical Humanities aired on BBC Radio 4 from 07 to 10 March 2005 and is a collection of short stories written by doctors. The second episode Baptism by rotation comes from Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Michael Glenny, and is read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

A young doctor, who has recently started working in a country hospital, is confronted with his fear of having a lack of experience at obstetrics. And indeed, one night he is called by the on-duty midwife Anna Nikolaeyna: there are problems at a birth, the child has a transverse position and must be rotated. The experienced midwife is by the doctors side and helps him to remember the necessary steps. However, the young doctor has no practical experience with this situation and is desperately trying to buy time. But he has to do the necessary operation – and is ultimately successful, mother and child are saved.

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