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SURGERY: The surgeon of the future

Surgery may be at the tipping point, where the traditional role of the surgeon — cutting and sewing in open surgical procedures — may be eclipsed by continued innovation in minimally invasive procedures, energy-directed devices, and genetics.  This is a concise overview, based on a literature search, of historical trends in development of the role of the surgeon and how that role may change in the near future.  Among the issues discussed are the turf battles between surgeons and other specialists and the problems with super-specialization. 

Source: Rosenberg, L., and Schlich, T.  Twenty-first century surgery: have we entered uncharted waters?  Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons;97(7):6-11, July 2012.  Click here for full text from publisher: http://www.facs.org/fellows_info/bulletin/2012/rosenberg0712.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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