PHOTOFILMS

7000 hands

Hands are somehow sacred organs. That's why a hand surgeon is a sort of shaman. Not only does he fix body parts, he heals the tools people use to connect with the world. It's a job made of blood and labour upon a body. But it's also an intimate bond between two hands - a broken one, and a healing one.

The operating theatre is the natural habitat for Dr Maurizio Musso and his team at CTO (Traumatological Orthopaedic Centre) in Milan - they are at the forefront of the Italian national health system. If you're not faint-of-heart, shadow Dr Musso in a day of ordinary bravery following his train of thoughts.