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Letters Excising the “surgeon ego”

A surgeon’s view of 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:l58
  1. Kevin J H Newman, consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon (retired)
  1. Guildford GU4 7EU, UK
  1. kevinnewmanortho{at}

Myers and colleagues dwell on the tiny percentage of “super ego” driven surgeons who give the surgical dog such a bad name.1 I know of no other surgeons arrogant enough to have branded their patients.

Surgeons can be shy people, often in some degree of emotional turmoil after tragedy but adept at concealing it from colleagues.

Surgeons literally have …

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