Discussions of global health typically revolve around infectious diseases such as AIDS and malaria, but surgery should also be a key component of medical outreach efforts, writes Wayne F. Larrabee Jr., M.D., editor of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, in an accompanying editorial. "While solutions to these global epidemics are being vigorously pursued with scientific research and socioeconomic interventions, we would, however, make a gentle plea for programs directed to the victims of war and violence, children born with congenital defects and others who have diseases and disorders that require surgical treatment."
Arch Facial Plastic Surgery. 2007;9(6):(doi:10.1001/archfacial.9.6.qsp70001 and 10.1001/archfacial.9.6.qed70001
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