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A surgeon’s hands

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1892 (Published 04 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g1892

Kudos to Surgeons


Healthcare is a profound process that alters both physician and patient. Medical education is a demanding, exacting, life-altering process that trains physicians to alter the patient's anatomy (surgery) and physiology (medicine). Anatomical alterations are the exclusive domain of surgeons, whose training is the longest and most demanding of all specialties. Surgeons require not just knowledge, but also strength, stamina, speed, dexterity, and acuity. Surgery is so central to healthcare that the history of surgery is the history of healthcare.


Competing interests: No competing interests

04 August 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA