by Jambalaya » Feb 17, 2015 I was at a hospital the other day for one of my elderly relatives and I overheard a junior doctor chatting with a nurse about different specialties. His opinion of anesthetics was that the people who specialize in that area are failed surgeons. This struck me extraordinarily unkind. Anesthesiologists have just as much training as surgeons, I think? And they are a key part of surgery, aren't they? I mean, I don't know anything about medical things but I was under the impression that anesthesiologists are just as highly trained and respected as surgeons. Why would the junior doctor say something so mean about the people who keep you pain-free? I just thought it was quite upsetting to hear a member of such a dedicated profession maligning a group of fellow doctors.