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Indian Journal of Surgery
Medknow Publications on behalf of Association of Surgeons of India
ISSN: 0972-2068
Vol. 65, No. 6, 2003, pp. 504-509
Bioline Code: is03109
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Surgery, Vol. 65, No. 6, 2003, pp. 504-509

 en Personal Viewpoint - Surgical care for the poor: A personal Indian perspective
Tehemton E. Udwadia


The appalling lack of adequate surgical care for the poor suffers on two counts: firstly our involvement and complacency with achievements in urban centres and secondly because of passive acceptance on part of poor patients and a disinclination on the part of the rural surgeons to document their experience. An effort is made to analyze some of the problems faced, progress achieved and what perhaps needs to be done. Special emphasis is placed on a medical education curriculum which embraces the needs of 70% of our population, on encouraging innovation and "research" by the surgeon who is in the thick of providing care to the poor, the implementation of human resources development and on distance learning. Surgical care for the poor is a neglected necessity all over the developing world and merits interchange and cooperation of all surgeons in all countries.

Surgical care, poor patients, rural surgeon, medical education, innovations, distance learning, peer pressure, developing countries.

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