WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Stories from the Trauma Bay

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“Stories about general surgery, trauma surgery, dumb patients, dumb doctors, and dumb shit from the dumb world around us.”
Stories from the Trauma Bay

Stories from the Trauma Bay is a blog by “Doc Bastard” who works as a surgeon at two different hospitals from different socioeconomic areas. He writes about his experiences with patients, other health professionals, people he encounters via social media, and about high priority medical cases.

No one knows exactly who Doc is, or where he is from, although there have been many guesses and attempts to find out. I am quite in awe of his ability to remain anonymous, and yet be so popular. In today’s globalised world, where the internet can tell you just about anything, and track down just about anyone, anonymity is quite a feat.

Doc publishes, on average, just more than once a week, so there is always something to look forward to. You probably won’t always agree with everything that he says writes, and you may not always like the way that he writes it (he can be very blunt). But you don’t need any medical knowledge to follow his stories, so they are accessible to all.

Also, his writing usually has a humorous quality, which is one of my favourite types of writing, and he has over 3.5 million page views in less than 5 years* (only a few of which are from me). So whether you love him or hate him, he must be doing something right.

*Note: In a previous version of this post, I stated that “he has over 18 800 views in less than 5 years”. This number was for profile views in particular, not overall views. Doc himself has provided me with the correct information.  

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