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January 10, 1977

Surgeons in Training

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Bloomington, Ind

JAMA. 1977;237(2):119. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270290019010

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To the Editor.—  It is of interest to note that the authors of "Surgeons in the United States" (236:1864, 1976) compared the incomes of surgeons "to the incomes of other professionals requiring long periods of postbaccalaureate training, as for example attorneys ($22,200 per year) and university faculty members ($20,000 per year.)"Attorneys and faculty members deserve credit for their efforts, but to compare their three to five years of postbaccalaureate study to the ten years of postbaccalaureate training of a neurosurgeon or thoracic surgeon is ludicrous.I am not a surgeon; however, I spent a short time in a surgical program and it was not unusual for those in training to work 100-hour weeks, to lose large amounts of weight, and to literally have their family life destroyed during the latter years of training.