Letters Surgery for pilonidal disease

Articles point to the creation of a cartel

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39563.485000.80 (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:975
  1. Peter J Mahaffey, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon
  1. 1Bedford Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ
  1. peter.mahaffey{at}bedfordhospital.nhs.uk

It seems that Bascom, an enthusiast for the distinctly unproven hair follicle theory, has been “suckered” into believing that the midline wound in pilonidal sinus surgery is the cause of the problem.1 McCallum et al’s analysis of a rag bag of papers includes, disgracefully, some that reached their conclusions on the …

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