In his excellent book, Emperor of all Maladies, Siddharda Mukherjee traces the history of cancer treatment. He covers the history of oncological surgery and notes that many surgeons are competent
Basil Stathoulis, an orthopaedic surgeon in Durban, spends much of his free time taking photographs. If only for a second. He sent me a link to a French video clip:
The clip takes a number of people who are having chemotherapy and makes them up with wigs and makeup. A photographer (behind the mirror) takes a picture of their faces as they see their images. It is fun. They are made up to stand out from the crowd.
There are a number of organisations who help women having chemotherapy feel better. What was remarkable about this clip was, in typical French style, they were made up to be different.
I have recently been to Lyons: a wonderful city to visit. Although it is the third largest city in France, incredibly well organised for tourists, has 22 museums, there is very little English spoken. There is little attempt to conform to the generally accepted demands of international tourism.
Perhaps we should all take a leaf out of the French book and celebrate being different rather than trying to conform.