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The world is getting smaller…
  1. Timothy C Fabian
  1. Correspondence to Dr Timothy C Fabian, Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee, USA tfabian{at}

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References to a shrinking world are often used in a pejorative fashion. Merging cultures and homogenization can certainly result in a boring world. Individuality in terms of art, language, cuisine, and customs makes life interesting and fun. However, fitting the world into a more blended format for scientific communication provides tremendous opportunities for healthcare advancement for the human race. Until recently, medical advances have been stored, to a large degree, in silos according to country and continent. The internet has revolutionized communication and provides a tool for widespread dissemination of previously stockpiled knowledge. International connections are now open through billions of devices to advance healthcare research.

I am extremely pleased to write this inaugural editorial for our new journal, Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open (TSACO). As the parent, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) recently elected to launch an …

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