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January 14, 2009

Surgery and the Public's HealthCall for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Drs Flum and Zeller are Contributing Editors and Dr Fontanarosa ( is Executive Deputy Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2009;301(2):218. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.1003

It is estimated that, worldwide, more than 230 million major operations are performed each year.1 Surgical procedures may encompass a wide spectrum of complexity and indications, from emergency interventions (such as appendectomy), to lifesaving or life-extending operations (such as liver transplantation), to elective surgical interventions (such as total joint replacement), to cosmetic surgery procedures (such as breast augmentation).

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