International guidelines for groin hernia management by HerniaSurge as sponsored and supported by Ethicon, Bard and the EHS. An ill-conceived set of recommendations.

The Hernia Letter

By R. Bendavid MD | June 25, 2018 | 13 Comments

The purpose of this publication is to promote visibility and transparency for an academic view of hernia surgery rather than a perspective entirely driven by the industry and its “collaborative faculty”. A view based on evidence, analyzed at arm’s length by scientists whose primary focus are facts, impartiality, sound statistics…

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Comments on the “International Guidelines”

By Evert Gummesson | June 25, 2018 | 1 Comment

Comments on the “International Guidelines” by a former patient and professor of marketing from Stockholm university, Sweden. There were many acronyms in your memo that I do not understand: EHS, AHS, RCT, CMAJ, etc. It is always irritating when such acronyms appear but I understand you did not write for…

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The HerniaSurge-International Guidelines for Adult Hernias: A Willful and Deceitful Document

By R. Bendavid MD | June 25, 2018 | 5 Comments

The HerniaSurge-International Guidelines for Adult Hernias: A Willful and Deceitful Document. The virtues, which transcend any document, particularly International Guidelines, must include ethics, integrity and transparency. There cannot be a whiff of favouritism, collusion, cronyism, lobbyism, conspiracy or complicity. With such demanding criteria, the HerniaSurge International Guidelines sponsored and supported…

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Rebuttal to the “International Guidelines”

By R. Bendavid MD | June 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The original “rebuttal” (of 2500 words) as suggested by the invited guest-editor was rejected by Drs Miserez, Fitzgibbons and Montgomery, Editors. The following is the version which was shortened to 1011 words and still rejected by the same editors of HERNIA. The release of the proposed “International Guidelines for Groin…

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Hernia Surgery as a Post-truth Discipline

By R. Bendavid MD | June 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

Post-truth politics is a current trend, which appeals to emotions and is largely disconnected from the true facts and details of an issue at hand, oblivious to any rebuttals or criticisms. As a result, Post-truth has spawned a new tendency… Populism, a means of expression by a disgruntled audience and…

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