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Letters Surgical training and mental visualisation

To perform like athletes, surgeons must prepare like athletes

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 06 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f663
  1. Iain E Yardley, paediatric surgeon1
  1. 1Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester M28 3TL, UK
  1. iyardley{at}

Arora is right that mental visualisation could help improve surgical performance.1 Positive imagery is one of several mental skills that successful surgeons and athletes have in common; others include distraction control, self …

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