The Spanish surgeon

The Spanish surgeon’s been in the news, not to be confused with the Spanish Prisoner,

The Spanish Prisoner is a confidence game dating back to 1588

Key features of the Spanish Prisoner are the emphasis on secrecy and the trust the confidence artist is placing in the mark not to reveal the prisoner’s identity or situation. The confidence artist will often claim reputation for honesty and straight dealing, and may appear to structure the deal so that the confidence artist’s ultimate share of the reward will be distributed voluntarily by the mark.

Of course one’s stretching the imagination when trying to find any similarities between the Spanish surgeon and the Spanish Prisoner ploys. What’s clear is that the Cuban free-healthcare apartheid system doesn’t even work for the big honcho:
Reuters says, Spanish surgeon rushed to treat Castro:

Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, an intestinal specialist, traveled to the Caribbean island on Thursday aboard an aircraft chartered by the Cuban government, according to Spain’s left-leaning El Periodico de Catalunya newspaper.

The plane carried medical equipment not available in Cuba in case the leader needs further surgery due to his progressively failing health, the newspaper reported.

By the way, in Spain, conservative politicians questioned the use of Spanish funds to pay for medicines being sent to the Cuban leader since June (h/t Val). But I digress.

The Beeb‘s a little more specific about Dr Garcia Sabrido’s skills:

Dr Garcia is an expert on intestinal ailments, particularly cancer.

If you do a Google Scholar search, here’s Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation With Tegafur in Cancer of the Pancreas: Initial Analysis of Clinical Tolerance and Outcome and Dr. Garcia Sabrido also presented a paper at the 2nd World Congress of the World Federation of Surgical Oncology Societies, Naples, Italy, September 19-22, 2001: the doctor’s a cancer specialist.

Therefore, when the doctor categorically says,

“He hasn’t got cancer,” Garcia Sabrido said, adding that he believed Castro could be physically capable of running the country again. “While respecting confidentiality, I can tell you that President Castro is not suffering from any malignant sickness.”

one must believe him. You can even watch him say it.

After all, as Taranto points out,

Of course, Spanish doctors have lots of experience dealing with dictators who are still dead.

This is all speculation on my part, folks. Nothing to report … for now.

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5 Responses to “The Spanish surgeon”

  1. R. Davis Says:

    I never knew that “Spanish Prisoner” was used to imply that something is not what it seems. Is Spanish Surgeon a commonly used term or did you just invent it?

    Either way, I like it.

    Castro’s like Hyman Roth, he’s been ‘dyin’ from the same heart attack (cancer) for what seems like years now… he’ll probably outlive all of us…

  2. Sigmund, Carl and Alfred Says:

    Give Castro a plateful of Jalapeños and Habaneros.

    It will make the embalming process that much easier for the American Peronistas wannabes- Finally, a martyr they can cry over! It might even hasten the production of ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Cuba’ on Broadway.

    I predict millions of lefties, the world over, coming to paying to pay homage to the pickled remains, a la Lenin. Don’t knock it- it will be be good for Cuban tourism.

  3. Fausta Says:

    Is Spanish Surgeon a commonly used term or did you just invent it?
    I just came up with it. The similarity was too big not to use it.

    Glad you like it.

    I predict millions of lefties, the world over, coming to paying to pay homage to the pickled remains, a la Lenin.
    Hopefully the hall will be air-conditioned. There isn’t enough formaldahyde otherwise to preserve the unholy relics (and I’m referring to the lefties now).

    ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Cuba’
    Or, as an alternative scenario, there could be a Santa Evita, where there are multiple bodies.
    Time will tell.

  4. Fausta Says:

    It might even hasten the production of ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Cuba’ on Broadway.
    I found the link IMDB:
    Costner Eyes Musical Departure
    12 September 2003 (WENN)
    Hollywood star Kevin Costner is planning to adapt a story about Cuban rulers Fulgencio Batista and Fidel Castro – for a musical extravaganza. According to New York gossip columnist Cindy Adams, the Open Range hunk will take on producing and writing duties for the Broadway, Manhattan, bound project. Although no official opening date has been slated, sources close to the JFK actor believe the proposed play is already attracting theatrical and public interest. Costner is currently filming The Upside of Anger alongside Joan Allen and Evan Rachel Wood.

  5. Vagabundo Says:

    Madrid-La Habana: Encarnizamiento terapéutico
    http://www.pensamientovagabundo.blogspot.com

    Realicé la especialidad en el Hospital Gregorio Marañón de Madrid, el antiguo Provincial -y menos antiguo Generalísimo Franco, como muchos de los pacientes de mayor edad aún le denominan. Los recuerdos de la etapa de residente son para un médico los más duraderos, y tengo entre los míos haber estado integrado en la monumental y caótica mole del mayor hospital de Europa, mastodonte dubitativo y en constante cambio. Por eso me viene ahora a la memoria cómo las políticas internas del Hospital siempre estuvieron vinculadas a obtener el plácet de los políticos “provinciales” (incluso antes de asumirse por las Autonomías las transferencia de la Sanidad, pues el “Provincial” no dependió nunca del INSALUD, sino de la Diputación de Madrid), y que la politización del Centro era de una variante más pragmática que ideológica. El ejercicio de la Medicina allí siempre estuvo amenizado por las pequeñas ambiciones, que eran el origen de una política patatera; en mis últimos años en el Hospital las guerras entre los diferentes Servicios y dentro de los mismos eran libradas siempre con la vista puesta en la Consejería.

    García Sabrido, buen cirujano, estaba adscrito a la facción socialista del Hospital, como uno de los pocos leales a muerte a Sabando, último Consejero de Sanidad del PSOE. Creo que es plausible imaginar que haya sido la recomendación de Felipe González, que hacía llamar a Monclóa con frecuencia a los especialistas del Marañón más afines, la más determinante en la elección de Sabrido por parte de la Inteligencia Cubana como cirujano de máxima confianza para una intervención que ya no se prevé que sea mucho más que un embalsamamiento. Nuestro hombre en la Habana tendrá por delante un difícil papelón del que no puede salir más que escaldado. Ninguna decisión médica puede estar basada en la ética médica en medio del akelarre de la nomenklatura cubana, y no parece que al especialista le vaya a ser permitido sugerir un abordaje simplemente paliativo para tan terminal enfermo: no ha sido llevado a Cuba para eso. En esta hora, mucho más útil que su trayectoria de cirujano ha de serle su habilidad para la intriga -en la que tan ducho ha de ser todo jefe de servicio del Marañón- cuando tenga que desenvolverse entre las camarillas del Partido y toda decisión clínica tenga primero que superar el entramado de obstáculos que forman la obediencia castrense, las ambiciones soterradas, los odios intestinos, y el insuperable miedo a un futuro sin Jefe o a un Jefe sin futuro.