Cardiothoracic surgeons do a good job

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7351.1455 (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1455
  1. Alastair N J Graham (alastair.graham@royalhospitals.n-i.nhs.uk), consultant cardiothoracic surgeon
  1. Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA

    EDITOR—Partridge provides no evidence to support his claims that cardiothoracic surgeons are less likely than thoracic surgeons to stage the extent of lung cancer objectively and assess the patients' fitness; he points out that they have “competing demands from a waiting list for coronary artery surgery.”1 He also says that relying on cardiothoracic surgeons to do lung resections may mean that some do too few to maintain competence. …

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