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Surgical Diseases in North Korea: An Overview of North Korean Medical Journals

by 1,†, 2,†, 3 and 3,4,*
1
Department of Translational Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 03080, Korea
2
Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 03080, Korea
3
Institute for Health and Unification Studies, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 03087, Korea
4
The Republic of Korea National Red Cross, Seoul 04629, Korea
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(24), 9346; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249346
Received: 20 November 2020 / Revised: 11 December 2020 / Accepted: 12 December 2020 / Published: 14 December 2020
Information regarding surgical diseases in North Korea is not fully reported despite their clear clinical significance. The current study aimed to indirectly assess the contemporary research trends and medical infrastructure related to surgical diseases in North Korea. We analyzed and categorized articles from the journal Surgery that were published during the Kim Jong-un era (2012–2018). The framework for categorization was primarily based on disease entities, surgical specialty, and research methodology. A total of 1792 articles in 28 issues were included in the current study. The frequency of detailed surgical cases and their associated characteristics based on their specialty were investigated. The types of medical imaging techniques and anesthetics that were commonly utilized in clinical fields in North Korea were also evaluated. A large proportion of essential surgeries were covered, with the exception of those for congenital diseases; however, a lack of surgical techniques and infrastructure was revealed. Going forward, further evaluation of the surgical system and a greater focus on non-communicable diseases in North Korea are needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: North Korea; surgery; non-communicable diseases; global health North Korea; surgery; non-communicable diseases; global health
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Choi, S.; Kim, T.; Choi, S.; Shin, H.Y. Surgical Diseases in North Korea: An Overview of North Korean Medical Journals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9346. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249346

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Choi S, Kim T, Choi S, Shin HY. Surgical Diseases in North Korea: An Overview of North Korean Medical Journals. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(24):9346. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249346

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Choi, Sejin; Kim, Taehoon; Choi, Soyoung; Shin, Hee Y. 2020. "Surgical Diseases in North Korea: An Overview of North Korean Medical Journals" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 24: 9346. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249346

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