What Surgeons and Physicians Think of Each Other.
—In the hope that a frank exchange of views on the relationships of surgeons to physicians might clear up some difficulties, an informal round-table discussion recently took place in Copenhagen under the auspices of the Danish Surgical Society. There was an amicable exchange of complaints about each other by the surgeons and physicians who met on this occasion. One of the latter drew attention to the comparatively carefree situation in which the surgeon finds himself once his patient has been successfully operated on, whereas the physician caring for his patients (30% of whom suffer from some neurosis) is never through listening to their complaints. One surgical department was criticized for the wholesale liberality with which it dispensed laxatives. A physician visiting this department told how he had seen a nurse going among her patients offering them aperient pills. The same physician also
DENMARK. JAMA. 1954;155(17):1514-1515. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350056017