The care of the patient: Character, science, and service

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Surgery as a profession rests on an age-old foundation based on 3 fundamental pillars: the collective character of our surgeons, their commitment to a practice based on science, and their pledge of service to humanity. The past 2 centuries bear witness to the success of surgical science. Significant improvement in the remaining 2 pillars is less evident. Our profession would be transformed in a positive way if we strengthened our commitment to improving our character while consciously building the character of our young, if we made the scientific method a way of life, and if we truly dedicated ourselves to the service of others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)632-640
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


  • Burnout
  • Character
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Humanism
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Professional
  • Science
  • Service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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