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June 4, 1982


Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Member, editorial board, The Journal.

JAMA. 1982;247(21):2987-2989. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320460087037

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To Montaigne's three disclaimers, a present-day rejoinder can be added: "That is very interesting, but it doesn't pertain to my specialty." One of the prices of scientific and technical advances in the operative disciplines is that they lead to increased fragmentation of the body surgical, or of the body, by surgeons. This yearly contribution usually brings out comments by various keepers of the specialty keys, comments and concerns as to why their specialty is not represented, why advances in that specialty were not described more fully, or why a separate section is not written by a bona fide, card-carrying member of their union. Perhaps each surgical specialty should have its own separate section. Some feel, however, that there is considerable commonality of purpose among the operative disciplines so that an overview by a surgeon that includes all areas of surgery is appropriate and not detrimental to, critical of, or detracting