Minimally accurate nomenclature

  title={Minimally accurate nomenclature},
  author={Steven Cunningham},
  journal={Surgical Endoscopy And Other Interventional Techniques},
Our surgical specialty is minimally invasive, not minimal access. We are minimally invasive surgeons, not minimal-access (or, worse, minimal access) surgeons. The continued use of the terms ‘‘minimal-access’’ [2] and ‘‘minimal access’’ [1] in Surgical Endoscopy is unfortunate. I must ask: why ‘‘minimal access’’ and not ‘‘minimally invasive’’? Between the two terms is a difference that might seem superficial, but actually, it is quite important, especially as relates to surgery, a field in which… CONTINUE READING