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Prehabilitation: preparing patients for surgery

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3702 (Published 08 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3702

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

08 August 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA