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September 27, 1995

Surgery for All: A View From the Developing World

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Esperança Phoenix, Ariz

JAMA. 1995;274(12):989. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530120083048

Intestinal anthrax. Nylon fishing line as suture. Ether anesthesia for safety and cost. Surgery for All: A View From the Developing World is not a typical Western surgical text. The contributors draw upon their experience as surgical educators in the Islamic world of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The modest volume does not attempt an encyclopedic grasp of surgical theory and practice, but rather offers a fresh perspective, applying the art and science of surgery to the real-life setting of the practitioner in the developing world. This fascinating work focuses on the "sensible priorities for surgical care in most regionally prevalent diseases."

Given the population and health resource constraints of the Third World, Surgery for All offers a significant potential impact for the indigent majority of our global village. The secret lies in the "two T's" of treatment and training. Curative surgery can provide a lifetime benefit for both

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