Surgical intuition

Mark R. Katlic, Jo Ann Coleman

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Experienced surgeons have always believed that they are good judges of surgical risk. Some assert that their ‘‘eyeball’’ test upon first meeting a patient is as good—or better—than objective measures that require physiologic testing. The more judicious among us may at least wait until the end of our history and physical examination rather than the beginning to declare our judgement. How good is surgical intuition, however? Do we have objective evidence to support or refute the value of a respected surgeon’s sense about a patient?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)935-937
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Eyeball test
  • Gestalt
  • Impression
  • Intuition
  • Judgment
  • Perception
  • Preoperative
  • Risk model
  • Unconscious

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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