Medicine: Showoffs & Prima Donnas

The surgeon readers of Surgery got a sound wigging in the current issue from one of their own and from a pair of practitioners in other fields. Dr. Allen Oldfather Whipple, clinical director of Manhattan's Memorial Hospital, told them how not to act in the operating room—with specifications. Then they got another lecture from Manhattan Internist Mack Lipkin and Psychiatrist Edward Joseph, who complained that too many surgeons do not know how to handle surgery patients, anyhow.

Dr. Whipple advised his fellow surgeons to avoid temper tantrums and "excessive showmanship." Said he: "Too often the ability of a surgeon is compromised by...

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