“The Essential Surgery volume of DCP3 helps definitively dispel many of the myths about surgery’s role in global health, in part by showing the very large health burden from conditions that are primarily or extensively treated by surgery. It dispels the myth that surgery is too expensive by showing that many essential surgical services rank amongst the most cost-effective of all heath interventions.”
Lancet Article on Surgery
Published online 5 February, 2015
Disorders that are treated mainly or frequently by surgery constitute a substantial portion of the global burden of disease. Each year, injuries kill nearly 5 million people and about 270,000 women die from complications of pregnancy.