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Best Quotes in Surgery

Here are a few assorted quotes related to the branch of Surgery. You might have read and heard a few of these before. Some of them are really amusing. Cheers to the passion of learning surgery!



It is better to open and see than to wait and see. 
-Sidney Cuthbert Wallace (1907)

The flat abdomen is a good abdomen. 
-G A Decker

Abdominal wall closure: if it looks all right, it’s too tight – if it looks too loose, it’s alright. 
-Matt Oliver


Better to have a piece of peritoneum on the bowel than a piece of bowel on the peritoneum.

Two things surgeons fear the most are God and peritonitis. 
-Henri Mondor (1885 - 1962)

Never let the skin stand between you and the diagnosis

Who learns anatomy from books should operate on books only

The advent of anaesthesia has made it so that any idiot can become a surgeon. 
-William Stewart Halsted (1852 – 1922)


There is an inverse relationship between the surgeon’s ability and the frequency he asks for more muscle relaxants.

A surgeon is someone who likes to operate, an anaesthetist is someone who doesn’t like to give anaesthetics. 
-David M. Dent


He is not even fit for a haircut under local anaesthesia


Blood brain barrier: the screen between the surgeon and the anaesthetist.


The patient who can’t be intubated should be intubated.


Surgery is not an art, it is a personality disorder.

Have plenty of assistance but not many assistants. 
-Augustus C. Bernays (1854 - 1907)


A good assistant does not always become a good chief, but a bad assistant never does. 

A good chief has always been a good assistant. 
-Charles F. M. Saint (1886 - 1973)


A surgeon operates as good as his assistant permits.


The surgical resident is like a mushroom: kept in the dark, fed shit and expected to grow.

Poor surgeons can improve but poor assistants never become good surgeons. 
-Moshe Schein

All bleeding eventually ceases - when the patient is dead. 
-Guy de Chauliac (1300 - 1368)

The only weapon with which the unconscious patient can immediately retaliate upon the incompetent surgeon is haemorrhage. 
-William Stewart Halsted

There are four degrees of intra-operative haemorrhage: 1. Why did I get involved in this operation? 2. Why did I become a surgeon 3. Why did I become a doctor? 4. Why was I born?. 
-Alexander Artemiev


Blood bank is the surgeon’s gas station.


The most common cause of post-operative coagulopathy: poor haemostasis. Operative atlases never bleed.

The most important clotting factor is the surgeon. 
-Moshe Schein

In men nine out of ten abdominal tumours are malignant, in women nine out of ten abdominal tumours are the pregnant uterus. 
-Rutherford Morris (1853 - 1939)

A physician is someone who knows everything and does nothing.
A surgeon is someone who does everything and knows nothing.
A psychiatrist is someone who knows nothing and does nothing.
A pathologist is someone who knows everything and does everything too late.
— Anonymous

At a given instant everything the surgeon knows suddenly becomes important to the solution of the problem. You can't do it an hour later, or tomorrow. Nor can you go to the library and look it up.
— John W. Kirklin

On Saturday, I was a surgeon in South Africa, very little known ... [and] ... On Monday, I was world renowned.
— Christiaan Barnard

Sepsis is an insult to a surgeon.
— Anonymous

There is no better surgeon than a man with many scars.
— Spanish Proverb

I don’t dawdle. I'm a surgeon. I make an incision, do what needs to be done and sew up the wound. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end.
— Richard Selzer



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