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Letters Excising the “surgeon ego”

A kinder remedy than excising the “surgeon ego” to accelerate progress in the culture of surgery

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l57
  1. Alasdair D Forrest, ST6 in forensic psychiatry and medical psychotherapy,
  2. Murray A Smith, ST6 in general adult and liaison psychiatry
  1. Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen AB25 2ZH, UK
  1. alasdair.forrest{at}

Myers and colleagues describe narcissism in surgical specialties and argue that damaging arrogance fills surgical departments.1 As psychiatrists, we should perhaps be cheering an own goal in the derby of the specialties. Yet we are not because narcissism isn’t just a trait but a defence. We lose interest in others’ feelings mostly when overwhelmed …

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