From the time of Hippocrates, surgery has ever been the salvation of inner medicine. In inner medicine physicians have dwelt too much on dogmas, opinions and speculations; and too often their errors passed undiscovered to the grave. The surgeon, for his good, has had a sharper training on facts; his errors hit him promptly in the face.
Sir Clifford Allbutt 1836-1925
Reference: Lancet. 1922.
July 2000. Arch Surg. 2000;135(7):830. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.7.830