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Cirujano general

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CAMPOS, Alberto. The teaching of surgery and responsibility to future generations. Cir. gen [online]. 2019, vol.41, n.1, pp.63-68.  Epub Oct 02, 2020. ISSN 1405-0099.

In this paper the responsibility to future generations of surgeons is discussed. Excuses and justifications are analyzed as alternatives to avoid responsibility, as is the recognition of responsibility according to ethics and the law. The ambiguity of the Mexican Official Norm for organization and functioning of medical residencies and its lack of binding to the enforcement of educative obligations is also discussed. Then it is analyzed whether we have contractual or utilitarian obligations towards future individuals or, rather, obligation of retribution. A mental experiment is posed, of being operated on by our worst pupil, and some questions entailed by the consequences of this fact are made. It is concluded that the practice of surgery and its teaching are public goods, and that bad quality teaching is a neglect of due care.

Keywords : Responsibility; surgery; teaching; medical ethics; moral obligations; sociology of medicine.

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