Why surgeons are better than mere mortals

College study gives them top marks but shows they become increasingly neurotic

There is such a thing as a surgical personality, and yes, they are different from the rest of us, according to an analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons.


The UK study of almost 600 British surgeons and about 400,000 mere mortals has found that surgeons score the highest for conscientiousness, agreeableness and openness.

But they are also much more neurotic than the average person.

Further analysis shows that women surgeons have different personality profiles from the men and that surgeons, in general, become more neurotic as they age.