Posts by R. Bendavid MD

Conflict of Interest, Collusion, Corruption

A true scientist reserves the right to possibly err, even about his own discipline! ~Robert Bendavid. Unlike Richard Horton (Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet), in his remarkable comment, “Offline: What is medicine’s 5 sigma?”, I cannot entirely observe Chatham House rules through which one cannot say who made what statement, nor can one take photographs of…

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Recommendation of the AHS Practice Advisory Committee

The Following has been, as last discussed within the committee, the recommendations by the AHS Practice Advisory Committee. I was expelled by this committee because I accidentally included a non-member of the panel of 25 surgeons in one of my replies! Still, whether intentional as thought by the lead member Yuri Novitsky or not, I…

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Hernia Surgery as a Post-truth Discipline

Recommendation of the AHS Practice Advisory Committee The Following has been, as last discussed within the committee, the recommendations by the AHS Practice Advisory Committee. I was expelled by this committee because I accidentally included a non-member of the panel of 25 surgeons in one of my replies! Still, whether intentional as thought by the…

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Rebuttal to the “International Guidelines”

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 Hernia Management in Adults” will…

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

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 financially by Ethicon, Bard and…

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The Hernia Letter

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 but above all integrity. While…

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