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Jane Blazeby: Transforming surgical culture

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6463 (Published 04 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:i6463

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

05 January 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA