No length of training in surgical technic, no amount of experience in the operating-room, can make a competent surgeon of any man who is poorly equipped in the theory and practice of general medicine. The practitioner of surgery who loses interest in the problems of internal medicine becomes in time but little better than an overrated and overpaid mechanic plus a deficient surgical judgment and minus a surgical conscience; yet many of our surgeons of great note and most of the lesser lights struggling for recognition actually boast of their ignorance of, and lack of interest in, any branch of medicine outside the immediate scope of their special work.
It is small wonder, then, that the men engaged in other lines of work, particularly the neurologists, complain that most of the so-called neurasthenic patients they are called on to treat present abdomens decorated with scars marking the sites of operations
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