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Expanding Relevance in the Evolution of Medicine?

Liu, Charles Y. (2014) Expanding Relevance in the Evolution of Medicine? World Neurosurgery, 82 (6). pp. 955-957. ISSN 1878-8750. doi:10.1016/j.wneu.2014.10.001.

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The field of neurosurgery has enjoyed an enviable position among medical specialties over the past decades. In most parts of the world, including North America, virtually all neurosurgeons have been able to expect to fulfill fundamental material needs quite quickly after training. In addition, most have been able to function autonomously, with modest oversight from colleagues, other medical practitioners, and administrators. Finally, neurosurgeons have felt comfortable with the general importance of the specialty in the medical realm. Over the past decade, tremendous changes are evident across the medical landscape globally. Perhaps the one remaining constant may be the severity and dramatic nature of the diseases that neurosurgery treats, preserving the potential for neurosurgeons to singularly change the life course of select patients. However, is this enough to maintain neurosurgery’s importance, particularly when many of these changes directly undermine factors that have contributed to its success?

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Official Citation:Charles Y. Liu, Neurosurgery: Expanding Relevance in the Evolution of Medicine?, World Neurosurgery, Volume 82, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages 955-957, ISSN 1878-8750, (
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
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