Date Published: August 26, 2008
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract: ThePLoS Medicine Editors lay out five important reasons why providing surgery should be considered a global public health priority.
Partial Text: In the June 2008 issue of PLoS Medicine, Doruk Ozgediz and Robert Riviello made a convincing case that surgical conditions should be considered as “neglected diseases” disproportionately affecting the world’s poorest people . “Patients with untreated surgical conditions,” they wrote, “as well as the local clinicians struggling to care for them, must gain greater recognition by the global public health community.” We welcome their call to bring surgery into the global health conversation.