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We surgeons are privileged in having a profession which also encompasses a craft; by it we should have understanding of the problems of craftsmanship in modern life. Ultimately it is at the core of human happiness. Craftsmanship is based upon creative ability, good design, the almost loving conflict of man and material, and the consequent unification of both in completion. Craftsmanship is only possible as a manifestation of individuality. Integrity and invulnerability are its outcome.

May it not be that in the atomic age (if there is one outside of destruction) there may be a return to the craftsman's life of the eighteenth century; not of necessity for the maintenance of economic life, because that will be done for him by the machine, but rather for the maintenance of health?

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