Laparoscopic surgery leads to better postoperative pulmonary function

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1159b (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1159
  1. Anne Haigh,
  2. Christopher Eden
  1. Senior registrar in anaesthesia Department of Anaesthesia, King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS
  2. Senior registrar in urology Department of Urology, St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 4EH

    EDITOR,—We applaud the efforts of John C Hall and colleagues in drawing attention to the importance of postoperative chest physiotherapy,1 but would point out that prevention is better than cure.

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