By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch
Nobody wants to wait in line for an appendectomy.
But the ranks of general surgeons, those relied upon for commonplace and sometimes urgent operations, are dwindling. The trend is alarming experts who say that patients, especially those in rural areas, are going to suffer if something doesn’t change.
The reasons for the shortage are varied and include such things as political decisions and the desire of more young doctors to have better control over their work and family lives.