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March 12, 1898

SURGERY AS A SPECIALTY.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(11):620-621. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440630046008

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Abstract

At present there is a delusive kind of fascination in making surgery a special study. Most of the recent graduates aspire to eminence in this field. The apparent certainty of diagnoses, treatment and results seem so clear and tangible, that the practice is sought for as the shortest road to fame and fortune. In a graduating class of one hundred and forty, sixty expressed their intention of pursuing surgery as a specialty. It is the common observation that among the large number of well trained surgeons, who are also teachers in large cities, few ever attain more than a narrow local reputation. Fewer still ever do any original work, or advance the boundaries of the known. Our readers will recall many very active surgeons who have an immense experience and practice, who have never published a new fact or new method of procedure. They will also recall a number of

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