I often hear older surgeons rhapsodizing about their chief who apparently taught them everything they currently know. I can't really understand this because just about every academic chief of surgery I have known has been an idiot and I have worked in 4 different programs.
The only thing I learned from my chief was how to survive long periods of time without bathroom breaks or food.
My chief said:
The goal of anaesthesia is NOT to see what you can get away with.
What a great principle. Why not apply it to medicine. Post it on every ward and operating room
The goal of medicine (or surgery) is NOT to see what you can get away with.