Dr. John Bongiovanni, the blind surgeon

“During the procedures at the hospital, the blind doctor depended on nurses and other physicians to make decisions requiring eyesight.”

So, how many decisions during surgery don't require eyesight?

Philadelphia Daily News - Mar 2, 1984

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Aug 26, 1984

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 16, 2019
     Category: Surgery | 1980s | Eyes and Vision

Why not? By this time we had already seen Michael Longstreet solving insurance crimes in New Orleans. Although he was just a television character, it does give one hope...
Posted by KDP on 03/16/19 at 11:01 AM
Just no! The fine should have been followed by a series of criminal charges to everyone, at every level of the medical decision-making process that led to this dude being allowed to get near an operating table.

Here, in my part of the world, my family doctor is not blind. However, said doctor can always be counted on to peruse the websites offering current shoe sales as I, the patient, chat about why I am visiting the office that day. So, doctor can be said to be blind to the duties of the position?

agent j
Posted by agent j on 03/16/19 at 11:41 AM
Did the patients know he was blind?
Posted by Courtney on 03/16/19 at 07:52 PM
Around 100 years ago, there was a congenitally blind doctor in Chicago named Jacob Bolotin. He was widely respected for his skills as a diagnostician. He didn't do surgery.
Posted by ges on 03/16/19 at 08:39 PM
Why rely on nurses when you have a perfectly good "seeing eye dog" to direct your hands.?
Posted by John on 03/17/19 at 11:13 AM
If he needs a job there is of course always the alternate career of sports referee.

(I couldn't pass it up, the set up for the joke was just too obviously easy. 😊
Posted by Patrick on 03/18/19 at 08:35 AM
So you go in for an appendectomy and come out with a gender reassignment. No big deal...
Posted by Brian on 03/19/19 at 10:42 AM
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