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When Surgeons Are Abrasive To Coworkers, Patients' Health May Suffer

A new study shows a link between how surgeons act around coworkers and their patients' outcomes. Turns out rudeness and other unprofessional behavior isn't just obnoxious, it may be dangerous.
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As a group, surgeons are not well known for their bedside manner. "The stereotype of the abrasive, technically gifted...surgeon is ubiquitous among members of the public and the medical profession," write the authors of a in the AMA Journal of Ethics. While poor manners aren't commonly accepted in most professional circles, representations of surgeons in popular culture often link technical prowess with rude behavior and some that insensitivity can be helpful in such an emotionally strenuous

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