Surgical research—comic opera no more

Document Type

Response or Comment


Anaesthesiology (East Africa)


“A comic opera performance” was how Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, described surgical research in 1996 when he quoted the medical statistician Major Greenwood; at the time, the most common research method was the case series and, Horton posited, much of the research surgeons undertook was misconceived.1 The comment struck so deeply that the phrase is still routinely quoted in surgical meetings. What has happened to the landscape of surgical research since then and what are the current priorities for surgery?

Publication (Name of Journal)

The Lancet