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July 2, 1955

SURGEON'S TEN COMMANDMENTS

JAMA. 1955;158(9):775-776. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960090069013

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Allow me to send to you for publication in The Journal an English translation of "The Ten Commandments of the Surgeon," the author of which is Dr. Alfonso Bonilla Naar, professor of clinical surgery, National Faculty of Medicine, Bogota, Colombia.The Ten Commandments of the Surgeon (to Lord Moynihan)ISilence adds dignity to the operating room; it is a tribute to the patient who willingly entrusts his life in the hands of the surgeon.IIOperating should always be a conscious act in which safety subordinates time.IIIEqual hazard may come from a very rapid or slow technique; guide your speed in the interest of efficiency.IVCourage well seasoned with prudence widens the boundaries of success.VOften it takes no less courage for a prompt as a delayed decision to operate.VI"Surgery has been made safe for the patient; we must now

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