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Are surgeons sexier than doctors? January 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in MetroSexual.

They have long been portrayed on TV as hospital heartthrobs but now research claims to prove surgeons are better looking than other doctors.

A study compared male students and discovered that those who were tall and handsome tended to become surgeons. Meanwhile, students who were shorter and less good looking tended to favour a career as a physician.

Doctors at the University of Barcelona hospital embarked on the research, published today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), after noticing the trend. They tested the theory by forming a random sample from 12 surgeons and 12 physicians.

Four “controls” were included from well known film stars who played doctors or surgeons. They were Harrison Ford (Dr Richard Kimble, a neurosurgeon in the film The Fugitive), George Clooney as Dr Doug Ross (a paediatrician in the television series ER), Patrick Dempsey as Dr Derek Shepherd (a surgeon in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy), and Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House (an infectious disease specialist in the TV series House).

All were matched for age (52, give or take seven years), their height was recorded and they were asked to submit a digital picture. Those photos were then randomly assembled and shown to a group of eight females, all of similar age to the men. They used a “good looking score” to rank each man, from 1 for “ugly” to seven for “very good looking”.

The results revealed that, on average, senior male surgeons were significantly taller and considered better looking than senior male physicians. The authors suggest several explanations for the findings. One is that surgeons spend a lot of time in operating rooms, which are cleaner, cooler, and have a higher oxygen content than the average medical ward. They also often wear clog-type shoes which add 2cm to 3cm to their height.

The authors added: “Surgeons are the only doctors who practise what has been called “confidence-based medicine,” which is based on boldness. “They are often practical and fast-acting, and they exert tight control on their natural turf – the operating theatre. “Their extra height makes them more likely to be masters and commanders, and gives them a better view of the operating room, including the patient lying on the table.”

Furthermore, they suggest, masks worn by surgeons may act as anti-ageing devices. They continued: “Physicians tend to hang heavy stethoscopes around their necks, which bows their heads forward and reduces their perceived height.

“They also complain of a (clearly abnormal) need to endlessly update their knowledge in accordance with the current evidence-based approach to medicine by reading and studying heaps of medical journals; this overload of information further grinds them down.”



1. Shane - January 23, 2007

I have seen many surgeons that would put Brad Pitt to shame.

2. grhomeboy - January 23, 2007

Hehe, agree with you 🙂

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