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Editor's note

      In the next few issues, we have a unique opportunity to gain diverse perspectives on global surgery by publishing articles that address the challenges of delivering operative care in resource-poor regions. As surgeons, we have the obligation to look closely at our opportunities to decrease the burden of operative disease both at home and abroad. Global surgery is a fertile ground for academic investigation of health care equity, operative burden of disease and epidemiology, resource distribution, and outcomes. Furthermore, the educational opportunities for academic and community surgeons alike bring awareness and spawn new ideas that may lead to innovative approaches to the science of health care delivery that will improve surgical quality, safety and access worldwide.
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