William See, MD, Professor of Urology, Chairman, Department of Urology
Words are powerful tools. Contingent upon the context, the media by which they are deployed, the author and no doubt other variables, words can serve as sharp instruments through which to divide, or powerful adhesives which function to bind. The field of medicine exemplifies this concept. For example, it is possible to parse our profession into ever smaller fragments. Academic or community based, part-time or full time, employed or independent, clinician or researcher, office or hospital based, osteopathic or allopathic, physician or non-physician provider are some of the labels applied to health care professionals.