Vision Wisdom is the ultimate attribute sought in a surgeon. This virtue has been celebrated since antiquity. Wisdom is recognised throughout all cultural, philosophical and religious sources as the judicious and purposeful application of knowledge. Hence, a prerequisite for wisdom is the enduring demonstration of sound judgment. Judgment, the essence of the cognitive process, is determined by a continuing professional education, experience, and is in part, inate. Judgment is an essential quality of a surgeon.
" In a surgeon, there is no quality of mind more to be desired than that of judgment. Judgment is the product of a mind cultured by a liberal and a professional education matured by experience. It is judgment even more than skill that makes a truly successful surgeon." Sir Hugh Devine 1950.