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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1
Wanted more gimpers for Orthopaedics


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Antao N A. Wanted more gimpers for Orthopaedics. Indian J Orthop 2002;36:1

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The feedback and valuable suggestions regarding the new look of the Journal from colleagues both from local and overseas has been heartening. This issue carries a Symposium on acetabular fractures and we thank all the authors for their lucid presentations. We are sure that the members would find the proceedings of the symposium useful and it should serve as the guideline in the management of this severe injury.

In some recent readings, a new word "gimper" roused my curiosity and set me thinking. A "gimper" is someone who always does a little more than what is required or expected patiently giving those finishing touches of quality and value.

As professionals and more so surgeons are we not all striving to be good gimpers? Extending the meaning a little beyond our professional expertise, to the ones we treat would complete the circle. With advances in science and technology there is a tendency to compartmentalize and super specialize. In this process, we often forget the suffering patient. We must strive for a holistic approach, where we also give due consideration to the psychosocial aspects in our surgical care. Sensitivity to the pain and suffering of those, we treat, will no doubt speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process.

A gimper would never make distinction between a rich patient and a poor patient. He would go out of the way to extend all the cooperation, concern and care to the poor patient and look after the patient's comfort as if he was his guest. Remember, we may never know in which way the Almighty/Divine presents before us, in what form of the patient for our service and commitment towards humanity. We should consider that it is our privilege, to be members of the noble profession.

Yes, our techniques, skills, expertise and experience are paramount to being surgeons but the nobility of our profession demands a certain level of moral integrity. Ethical issues, doubts and conflicts in treating our patients are bound to arise. This would call for a high standard of values and judgements and a constant re-enacting and living upto our Hippocratic oath.

We shall pass this way but once, let us put all our efforts to strive to do it now, for we may never pass that way again. Who knows!

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