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Medicine and Surgery—History, Change and Challenge

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A Practical Technique of Colour Image Analysis: Applications in Experimental Research

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Extended Resection of Locally Advanced (T4) Stomach Cancer

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Perioperative Deaths: A Further Comparative Review of Coroner’s Autopsies with Particular Reference to the Occurrence of Fatal Iatrogenic Injury

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Practical Issues in Adjuvant Therapy for Rectal Cancer

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Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) – Twenty Years On

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Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Metastases of Adenocarcinoma of the Colon and Rectum

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Infected Pancreatic Necrosis – An Evaluation of the Timing and Technique of Necrosectomy in a Southeast Asian Population

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Complications Relating to Intravenous Buprenorphine Abuse: A Single Institution Case Series

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Parathyroid Carcinoma: A Case Series

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

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Noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features and the risk of malignancy in thyroid cytology: Data from Singapore

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Characteristics of unplanned hospitalisations among cancer patients in Singapore

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Hepatocellular Carcinoma Peritoneal Metastases: Report of Three Cases and Collective Review of the Literature

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Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases – Understanding the Differences in the Management of Synchronous and Metachronous Disease

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Lower limb nodules

A 45-year-old Chinese woman with no medical history or regular medications presented with painful nodules on her left shin that progressed to involve her...

A pedunculated mass of the thigh

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Routine intraoperative frozen section adds little value to the management of thyroid nodules with Bethesda III cytology

Dear Editor, We would like to highlight the need to reduce intraoperative frozen section (FS) during diagnostic hemithyroidectomy performed on thyroid nodules with Bethesda III...

Telemedicine for palliative care: Current and future challenges

Dear Editor, We read with interest the article published in the June 2021 issue of the Annals titled “Use of telemedicine in healthcare during COVID-19...

Managing buccal space tumours

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Acute Marjolin’s Ulcer: A Forgotten Entity

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200 years of surgery at the General Hospital, Singapore

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Low-Grade Fibromyxoid Sarcoma of the Thyroid: A Case Report

Dear Editor, Low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma (LGFMS) is a rare form of neoplasm that usually occurs in the deep soft tissue of the lower limbs with...

How do English-speaking Cancer Patients Conceptualise Personhood?

Understanding the way personhood or “what makes you, you” is conceptualised is pivotal to the practice of medicine. Conceptions of personhood determine the moral...

Assessment of Age in Ulcerative Colitis Patients with Ileal Pouch Creation—An Evaluation of Outcomes

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Bone in the breast: Clinical, radiological and pathological correlation

An 84-year-old woman presented with a left breast mass that had been rapidly growing over a few months. On clinical examination, there was a...

Treatment of Ewing sarcoma in children: Results from a single centre

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Laparoscopic liver resection: Global diffusion and learning curve

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Incidence and trends of ophthalmic cancer in Singapore: Data from Singapore Cancer Registry

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Endovenous cyanoacrylate ablation for chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins among Asians

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