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Friday, 15th February 2008-Niall Toibin Launches "Political Correctness and the Surgeon"

15 February 2008

Renowned Irish comedian and artist Niall Toibin officially launched a book by Professor William Kirwan entitled ‘Political Correctness and the Surgeon’ at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) today.Professor Kirwan is a RCSI Council member and a Professor of Surgery at University College Cork (UCC). In his book, he satirises political correctness which is rife in all public institutions and particularly in those related to medicine.


Renowned Irish comedian and artist (left) Niall Toibin with (right) Professor Gerald O’Sullivan, President, RCSI, officially launched a book by (centre) Professor William Kirwan entitled ‘Political Correctness and the Surgeon’ at RCSI.

In particular, he explores the absurdities and correctitudes visited upon the working surgeon including the spending of vast sums on those removed from the patient interface; the advancement beyond their ability of those gifted more with ambition than energy; the depredations of rapacious litigation; the sacrifice of surgical training standards on the alter of ‘lifestyle’; the emergence of ‘the Friday hospital’ and the abandonment of proven structures in favour of those transparently doomed to failure.


Professor William Kirwan launched his book entitled ‘Political Correctness and the Surgeon’ at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). In his book, he satirises political correctness which is rife in all public institutions and particularly in those related to medicine.

All of these are portrayed in a procession of characters who inhabit the writers ‘bad dream’ in which he is undergoing surgery himself and cause him to have no small anxiety about his prospects in the new ‘fully corrected’ hospital environment.