Primum non Nocere

Emma Barnard's work expands on the air of mystery surrounding the surgeon’s practice. What goes on in the operating theatre is usually unknown to the patient, who must have trust in the theatrical performance, the surgeon's medical act. These images investigate the surgeon and patient dynamic and theories of “projection” (the unconscious transfer of one's desires or emotions to another person) e.g. the patient viewing the surgeon as a miracle worker. But what cost does this pressure place on the surgeon who is already working in an underfunded healthcare system? 

Primum Non Nocere* is a Latin phrase derived from the first precepts of bioethics and is taught as the fundamental principle in medical schools throughout the world. 

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Medicus Saluator Giclée print on Hahnemühle Pearl

A surgeon's gloved hand shaped in a Christ like blessing

Benedictionem Giclée print on Hahnemühle Pearl

A surgeon's gloved hands in the shape of a Christ like blessing.

Benedictus Giclée print on Hahnemühle Pearl

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Socius Giclée print on Hahnemühle Pearl

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Profecta est Tableau Latin - uno Giclée print on Hahnemühle Pearl

A surgeon is kneeling in a darkened room with his heads in his hands

Profecta est Tableau Latin - duo Giclée print on Hahnemühle Pearl

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In Nomine Patris Giclée print on Hahnemühle Pearl