Brief History of Mentorship

  • Alberto R. Ferreres
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


In this chapter, the history of the term “mentor” and the history of the mentor-mentee relationship are described, from its very first use in Homer’s Odyssey and Fenelon’s “The adventures of Telemachus, the son of Ulysses” to the present. The surgical mentor-mentee relationship has influenced and will undoubtedly influence the lives of surgeons all over the world.


Mentor Mentee History Halsted Cushing Blalock 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto R. Ferreres
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryUniversity of Buenos Aires “Dr. Carlos Bocalandro” HospitalBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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