You can spot an orthopaedic surgeon a mile away by their hunched posture and the bad habit of dragging their knuckles along the floor. Other specialities have, confronted by this vision of the man-ape, assumed it reflects their intelligence. The standing joke about orthos is how we say they are as ´strong as an ox and half as smart’.
According to a study recently published in BMJ, that might be mistake. Grip strength and intelligence was compared betweens anaesthetists and orthopaedic surgeons.
Here are the results presented as box-plots. Not surprisingly orthopaedic surgeons are stronger. Manual labour is the name of their game so it is not surprising.
But now check this out.
No fucking way!
Do note the one anaesthetist who by definition is retarded…