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close this bookSurgery at the District Hospital: Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics and Traumatology (WHO; 1991; 207 pages)
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentContributors
View the documentIntroductory notes
open this folder and view contentsObstetrics
open this folder and view contentsGynaecology
open this folder and view contentsOrthopaedics and traumatology
View the documentAnnex 1. Surgical trays and equipment for specific procedures
View the documentAnnex 2. Essential surgical instruments, equipment, and materials for the district hospital
View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest
View the documentBack Cover

Surgery at the District Hospital: Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics and Traumatology

edited by

John Cook
Formerly Consultant Surgeon
Department of Surgery
Eastern General Hospital
Edinburgh, Scotland

Balu Sankaran
Formerly Director
Division of Diagnostic, Therapeutic and
Rehabilitative Technology
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland

Ambrose E. O. Wasunna
Medical Officer
Clinical Technology
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland
Professor of Surgery
University of Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya

illustrated by
Derek Atherton
Elisabetta Sacco
and Patrick Virolle

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Reprinted 1993, 1998

WHO Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

Surgery at the district hospital: obstetrics, gynaecology, orthopaedics and traumatology / edited by John Cook, Balu Sankaran, Ambrose E. O. Wasunna,

1. Surgery - methods 2. Genitalia, Female - surgery
3. Hospitals, District 4. Labor complications - surgery
5. Orthopedics 6. Pregnancy complications - surgery
7. Surgical equipment 8. Wounds and injuries - surgery
I. Cook, John II. Sankaran, Balu III. Wasunna, Ambrose, E. O.

ISBN 92 4 154413 9
(NLM Classification: WO 100)

© World Health Organization 1991

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