It seems inevitable that, in fields expanding as rapidly as endoscopic surgery, new journals will arise. Such journals are created both to respond to the interests of their intended audiences and to be a suitable publishing outlet—for researchers' findings and practitioners' descriptions of new procedures. Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy is likely to address both these needs. Although the journal's first editorial begins by proclaiming that it will be "devoted to all forms of endoscopic surgery," the editor goes on to state that its real focus will be on laparoscopic surgery, because until now there has been only a "limited amount of data published in the medical literature" for laparoscopic surgeons, who have had to rely on "word of mouth, newspaper articles, or... commercial vendors" for information on methodology, indications, and potential complications.
There is little question that the articles published to date fill the need for new information on laparoscopic
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