Surgeons v physicians: when push comes to shove, there’s “us” and there’s “them”
Physicians and surgeons are natural enemies. It is nothing personal: just as the lion circling for the kill affords its wildebeest prey no malice, the mutual antagonism between surgeon and physician is simply a law of the medical jungle. The antipathy that each group holds for the other is submerged in the shallow waters of professional courtesy, but when, on occasion, the true feelings of either tribe breaches the surface, the medical student initiate may be in for quite a shock. On the outside, relations might appear quite amicable — matey even — but try this experiment: ask your student whose next rotation is with a surgeon to casually drop the term “evidence-based medicine” into the conversation in the operating theatre.
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