Scalpel's Edge The Culture of Surgeons

ISBN-10: 0205270077

ISBN-13: 9780205270071

Edition: 1999

Authors: Pearl Katz

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This ethnography about the culture of surgeons describes how and why they differ significantly from other physicians. Rising from humble roots as lower class uneducated itinerant barbers, the profession has evolved into one of the most prestigious in America, one that utilizes the most sophisticated technologies in medicine. Surgeons have nonetheless retained many aspects of their historical culture, such as their proclivity for quick decisions, surgical cures, and their detachment and aloofness from patients and other physicians. This book describes in detail what surgeons actually do in and out of the operating room. It reveals how they think about disease, patients, and other physicians; how their thinking is often non-scientific; how they make decisions; and how they keep secrets from patients and colleagues. Dr. Katz obtained unprecedented access to a group whose cultureways of thinking and behavinghas been inaccessible to the public and to other physicians. The surgeons were extremely open and candid, giving her continuous access to them for months, allowing her to take copious notes on her observations, and giving her their unguarded trust throughout the study.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 251
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Encounters with Surgeons
The Surgeon as Hero
Are Surgeons Scientists?
Styles of Surgeons
Communication with Colleagues
Communication with Patients
How Surgeons Make Decisions: Influence of Active Posture on Decision-Making.
Surgical Decision-Making, Referrals, and "Keeping" Patients
The Natural History of Surgical Decisions and Their Consequences
Operating Room Rituals
Implications of the Culture of Surgeons for Modern Medicine
Culture, Medical Anthropology, and Biomedicine
American College of Surgeons
Cybersurgery: The New Surgical Technologies
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