My profession as a surgeon is not widely comparable to the enormous responsibilities of the President of the United States, or even a state governor for that matter. Still, I know a thing or two about having someone’s life in my hands. When I consider the parallels between when I must risk a patient’s life to potentially provide them a better one through surgery and that of a national or local leader during a global health pandemic – I see some standard essentials. Perhaps the biggest of these necessities is trust. Patients only allow me to operate on them because they trust that I want what is best for them.
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