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Published December 2014 | Accepted Version
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Expanding Relevance in the Evolution of Medicine?


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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© 2014 Elsevier. Available online 7 October 2014.

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