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April 1980

Endoscopic Papillotomy

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Streator, Ill

Arch Surg. 1980;115(4):559. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380040181033

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To the Editor.—The high drama of the operating room made the surgeons traditionally the prima donnas of the profession. Gastroenterology was a humble subspecialty and it was a natural development that gastroenterologists have concentrated their interests on the newly developing fiberoptic technology. After creditable efforts, they established their own ivory tower and the new technology became a supreme success. It corrects the inadequacies of the roentgenographic studies and multiplies the benefits of the traditional sigmoidoscopy. During the last decade, I could not help noticing the development of some tension between surgeons and endoscopists. The surgeons resented the claim that someone else can do certain procedures better, faster, cheaper, and with less human suffering than they did. But as we expect the urologists or the thoracic surgeons to be proficient in the use of endoscopy in their field, it is time that the general surgeons master this new technology. We

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