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July 1985

Is Surgery Worthwhile?Presidential Address

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(7):771-776. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390310009001

The surgeon is sometimes despised by the intelligentsia of medicine as a mechanical craftsman. But though he be a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, he has the assurance that such skills are useful to mankind.1

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