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Invited Commentary
January 2017

Enhancing Local Resources in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Through Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 2Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Palo Alto, California
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(1):73-74. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.3365

Wagner et al1 provide a valuable addition to the global surgery literature with their description of an educational program designed to teach local surgeons in underserved populations the basics of Lichtenstein hernioplasty (LH) and pediatric herniorrhaphy (PH). As they note, inguinal hernias represent a huge burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that is accentuated by the negative effect on the ability of these individuals to perform manual labor.

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