This book aims to accomplish the following goals:
– To provide timely advice to surgeons both young and old in times of clinical dilemma
– To reiterate the well-established principles of clinical surgery like meticulous history taking, diligent examination, and keen observation
– To reassure budding surgeons that apprehension and self-doubt are not new and can be overcome by perseverance
– To warn the younger generation that the basic principles like a thorough knowledge of anatomy have not become obsolete with the advent of technology
– Above all, to emphasize that surgery is as much an art as it is science and is a vocation that is fulfilling in the truest sense
Hands-on training in clinical skills is being increasingly neglected. The advent of competitive MCQ-based exams to gain entry into postgraduate training has made young medical graduates more intent on collecting facts than skills. Hence, young surgeons of today are ill-prepared to face the real world filled with uncertainties. This book is written primarily to guide these young and unsure surgeons, through the fatherly advice contained in the aphorisms. Of course, the wisdom behind the aphorisms is timeless and could be inculcated by the young and the old alike.