We keenly read the Calland et al thoughtful argument to support the field of global surgery.
1We would like to highlight one concept that has yet to be raised—namely, the clear parallels between the growing field of academic global surgery and traditional surgical research and innovation.
- Calland J.F.
- Petroze R.T.
- Abelson J.
- Kraus E.
Engaging academic surgery in global health: challenges and opportunities in the development of an academic track in global surgery.
Surgery. 2013; 153: 316-320
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- Engaging academic surgery in global health: challenges and opportunities in the development of an academic track in global surgery.Surgery. 2013; 153: 316-320
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Published online: June 24, 2013
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- Engaging academic surgery in global health: Challenges and opportunities in the development of an academic track in global surgerySurgeryVol. 153Issue 3
- PreviewSurgery is not thought of typically as a component of public health, especially in resource-poor countries in which much of the medical attention is placed on prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Current avenues of financial support for research and health initiatives in low- and middle-income countries often focus on health issues targeted by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and maternal and child health.1,2 It has been estimated that $85 in research dollars are spent per disability-adjusted-life-year (DALY) caused by HIV, whereas $0.83 in research dollars are spent per DALY caused by road traffic accidents.