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May 27, 2009

Nezhat’s Operative Gynecologic Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy

JAMA. 2009;301(20):2162-2166. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.732

The only weapon with which the unconscious patient can immediately retaliate upon the incompetent surgeon is hemorrhage.1

Although written nearly 100 years ago, Halsted's words hold true even for surgeons of this century. To achieve competence, physicians must not only evaluate patients and determine if and when surgery is required but also must practice their skills, either through simulation or in the operating room. In addition, surgeons-in-training must absorb critical information that will assist their learning process as well as help them avoid complications (and retaliations).

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