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Filler Christmas 2011: Professional Matters

Qualifications of a good surgeon

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8002
  1. William David McKinlay, Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK
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William McKinlay finds that Paracelsus has some sound advice for surgical selection committees

Regarding his innate temper

  • A clear conscience,

  • Desire to learn and to gather experience,

  • A gentle heart and a cheerful spirit,

  • Moral manner …

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