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J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci. 2008; 7(3): 146-147

Paediatric Surgery in Pakistan: Specialty Come of Age

Jamshed Akhtar.

Traditionally general surgeons have been operating
upon paediatric patients since surgery started. They
used to call them, young adults. This misconception
was later challenged, as research showed unique features
both, anatomical as well as physiological, related
to paediatric age group. Paediatric surgery as a separate
discipline, got recognized in West shortly after
second world war. It then grew rapidly and within decades
and established itself in most of the technologically
advanced countries. Paediatric surgeons are
unique as they provide surgical care to varied age
groups, from the fetal stage to adolescence. The surgical
management of paediatric diseases has also
progressed enormously during the recent times.

Key words: Traditionally

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