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Dr Charles Kelly
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Using the MEDLINE database (OVID), a retrospective review of the UK literature on head and neck oncology was performed for the period 1994-2000, each publication being categorised by department and first author. Tumours almost exclusively managed by general surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons and neurosurgeons were excluded. In the years 1994 to 2000, there were a total of 120 UK publications, 72% of which came from non-academic NHS units; 23% of the publications were from ENT units, 23% from oral and maxillofacial (OMF) surgery units and 18% from plastic surgery units. The majority of plastic surgery publications described reconstructive techniques, whereas a wider range of topics was observed in the publications by ENT and OMF surgeons. Several irregularities in the MEDLINE database were discovered and are discussed. The findings of this study may be relevant to the future planning of head and neck oncology services. (C) 2002 The British Association of Plastic Surgeons .
Author(s): Ismail Y, McLean NR, Kelly CG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Journal of Plastic Surgery
ISSN (print): 0007-1226
ISSN (electronic): 1465-3087
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
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