Medicine and all of its parts are experiencing an information explosion. Technologic advances are permitting scientists to probe ever deeper into cellular mechanisms so that a more complete understanding of organ function can be obtained. Other technologic advances have produced a vast array of diagnostic tools that permit the clinician to be much more precise in ascertaining what is wrong with the patient. Moreover, some of the newly developed and evolving equipment and techniques have led to the abandonment of some surgical procedures in favor of less invasive tactics. Patients' expectations are high; they almost expect to have a diagnosis made by a fancy machine and then to have the illness, even a surgical illness, cured without resorting to an operation. Is it little wonder that the young surgeon seriously considers narrowing his or her field (and hence what is expected of the surgeon) by specialization?
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