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The Predictive Value of Intraoperative ST-segment Monitoring as a Marker of Myocardial Injury

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Impact of COVID-19 infections among kidney transplant recipients

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A Prospective Audit of Critical Incidents in Anaesthesia in a University Teaching Hospital

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Induction Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy Using Paclitaxel and Carboplatin Combination Followed by Surgery in Locoregionally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – Asian Experience

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Surgical Training in Singapore: Will Patients Consent to Trainee Surgeons Performing Their Operations?

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Mohs micrographic surgery in Singapore: A long-term follow-up review

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5th College of Surgeons Lectureship: Surgery beyond Scalpels

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Reply from Author: Intrathecal Analgesia for Cancer Pain: Externalised Intrathecal Catheters

We thank Dr Nicholas Chua et al for their interest in our review article. We agree and appreciate the experience and comments by the...

Intrathecal Analgesia for Cancer Pain: Externalised Intrathecal Catheters

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Surgical Metastasectomy in AJCC Stage IV M1c Melanoma Patients with Gastrointestinal and Liver Metastases

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Renojejunal Fistula: An Extremely Rare Form of Renoenteric Fistula

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Early Outcome Following Emergency Gastrectomy

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Recommendations for standards of neuromuscular monitoring during anaesthesia

Dear Editor, We presented recommendations for neuromuscular monitoring during anaesthesia, which were approved by the Council of the College of Anaesthesiologists, Singapore in September 2019...

Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Use of Opioids in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain—A Consensus Statement by the Pain Association of Singapore Task Force

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Pilot study of single-session radiofrequency ablation of benign thyroid nodules in Singapore

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