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Who will do general surgery?

Martin H Bruening and Guy J Maddern
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (7): 317.
Published online: 4 April 2005

Advantages to patients of a single anaesthetic for more than one operation are obvious; attracting generalist surgeons, training them and ensuring they have adequate credentials remain hurdles

With the inexorable increase in specialised surgery, the concept of “general” surgeons, what they do, and what they represent, is difficult to categorise. Indeed, is there a need for a generalist surgeon when it seems that most areas of our bodies have a designated subspecialist?

  • Martin H Bruening1
  • Guy J Maddern2

  • University of Adelaide, Department of Surgery, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, SA.


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