The Operating Room is a Theater

Anything can happen

And then, it’s a matter of training

Someone told me long ago:

Six Inches of Cold Steel

Is Man’s Best Friend

Sometimes it goes like the movie in your head

Sometimes it’s like you walk out of the room years older than when you walked in.

One thing is certain:  There will be blood.

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I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.


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