We can only recommend The Surgeon’s Cut for it’s wise and emotional bedside delivery, opening up a world of different and scientifically important practices.
Netflix’s The Surgeon’s Cut season 1 was released on the streaming service on October 9, 2020.
While Netflix’s The Surgeon’s Cut is evidently scientific, it’s main strength, much like Lenox Hill, is its space to show sympathy between the medical profession and the patient, and vice versa. We’ve been glazed with medical series for years, and many have been far removed from the perspective of compassion and humanity. We forget that surgeons have lives, but also that lives are in their hands. Striking that balance in documentary form is extremely important. We assume professionals are desensitized to their medical scenarios, but it’s quite likely that as people with a lack of understanding of the events that occur in a hospital, that we have become emotionally detached as well.
An example is the first episode that is available for the viewer, “Saving Life Before Birth”, which follows an innovative, caring fetal medicine specialist Dr Kypros Nicolaides. This man has explored the limits of science and saved the lives of newborns that had an extremely low probability of surviving. Of course, the Netflix series delves into the doctor’s life, and how he came to be, but there’s a lot of heart-tugging when he emotionally guides the mothers to a successful surgery — he asks the mother to hold on to his wrist as navigates in the womb. Expect tears but also expect respect and realism from a doctor who has the same anxiety and emotional stress for every surgery.
When audiences live through the emotional rollercoaster of that episode, The Surgeon’s Cut season 1 offers viewers an insight into neurosurgery, a historic liver transplant and cardiac surgery. It’s quite a mix, and with the episodes consistently giving the viewers that emotional engagement, this is binge-able, but more emotionally exhausting.
Like Lenox Hill, we can only recommend The Surgeon’s Cut for it’s wise and emotional bedside delivery, opening up a world of different and scientifically important practices.