The surgeon’s photo

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst…”

Henri Cartier Bresson

Robert Kenneth Wilson saw a lot of things in his life. After leaving school, he entered WW1 and was critically injured at the Battle of the Somme. Next he trained in medicine and surgery at the London Hospital, during which he assisted at the at the first ever elective cardiac surgery, a mitral valvotomy. At the outbreak of WW2 he joined the SOE and was parachuted into occupied France, Holland and Burma to train and lead local resistance forces. After the war he practiced in New Guinea, establishing a national thoracic surgery unit for the treatment of TB. His fame actually came from this photo taken in 1934 on a fishing trip in Scotland. It has become the iconic image of the Loch Ness monster, familiar to us all. Even when initially published on the front pages of the papers there were doubts. The BMA fined him 1000 pounds for unethical conduct. #surgicalhoax #letsmakelemonade

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