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Global Access to Literature on Trauma


The trauma pandemic disproportionately kills and maims citizens of low-income countries although the immediate cause of the trauma is often an industrial export of a high income country, such as a motor vehicle. Addressing the trauma pandemic in low-income countries requires access to relevant research information regarding prevention and treatment of injuries. Such information is also generally produced in high income countries. We explored various means of making scientific information available to low-income country surgeons using the internet. If orthopaedic surgeons want to maximize their global impact, they should focus on writing about trauma questions relevant to their colleagues in low-income countries and ensuring these same colleagues have access to the literature.

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We thank the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons Carl Brighton Fellowship for stimulating discussion contributing to the completion of this work.

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Correspondence to Andrew W. Howard MD, MSc, FRCSC.

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Each author certifies that he or she has no commercial associations (eg, consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangements, etc) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article. Dr. Howard runs the Ptolemy project described herein.

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Noordin, S., Wright, J.G. & Howard, A.W. Global Access to Literature on Trauma. Clin Orthop Relat Res 466, 2418 (2008).

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