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Maina-Miriam Munsky, "Eingriff IV (Chirurgs)", (1973)

Surgery is a medical specialty that uses operative techniques on a patient to treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, or to help improve bodily function or appearance.


  • I would like to see the day when somebody would be appointed surgeon somewhere who had no hands, for the operative part is the least part of the work.
    • Harvey Cushing, American surgeon, Letter to Henry Christian (November 20, 1911)
  • I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.
  • [Words he used to refuse heart surgery the day before he passed away.]
    • Albert Einstein, Einsteins Legacy: The Final Chapter, Albert Einstein dies soon after a blood vessel bursts near his heart. American Museum of Natural History April 18, 1955
  • Vulnera, quae melius non tetigisse fuit.
    • Some wounds grow worse beneath the surgeon's hand;
      'Twere better that they were not touched at all.
    • Ovid, Epistolae ex Ponto, III, vii, 25.
  • Surgery is the red flower that blooms among the leaves and thorns that are the rest of medicine.
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