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Older surgeons lose more patients than younger colleagues

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1178
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Surgeons who have been doing carotid endarterectomies for more than 20 years are more likely than less experienced surgeons to have their patients die, research suggests. Dr Liam O'Neill of Cornell University in New York and colleagues believe their findings probably extend to other operations as well (Neurology 2000;55:1263-9).

    Dr O'Neill and colleagues studied information on nearly 13 000 endarterectomies carried out by 532 surgeons over two years in Pennsylvania. The researchers found that …

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