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When Surgeons Are Abrasive To Co-Workers, Patients’ Health May Suffer
National Public Radio

As a group, surgeons are not well known for their bedside manner. “The stereotype of the abrasive, technically gifted … surgeon is ubiquitous among members of the public and the medical profession,” write the authors of a 2018 article in the AMA Journal of Ethics. While poor manners aren’t commonly accepted in most professional circles, representations of surgeons in popular culture often link technical prowess with rude behavior, and some surgeons have even argued that insensitivity can be helpful in such an emotionally strenuous profession.

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