The English Surgeon
2007-01-01 | 1h 26m 13s | Medical
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, English brain surgeon Henry Marsh has been visiting Ukraine to perform operations and improve the country's outdated neurosurgery facilities and practices. Conditions are strained; Dr. Igor Kurilets, Henry's Ukrainian partner, has to use an off-the-shelf power drill rather than a medical one. The film also looks at the difficulties of the doctor-patient relationship, especially when delivering life-changing or -ending news. The ethical dilemmas of working in a country where much of the Soviet state apparatus still exists are immense, but these doctors will not allow themselves to be held back.