First off, in this packed issue, we have several interesting, exclusive interviews. Elizabeth Nolan speaks to Dr Charles Brown, the world-renown arthroscopic knee surgeon, about his pioneering work in minimally invasive anterior cruciate ligament surgery. As part of our annual focus on complementary medicine we chat to Dr Madan Kataria, the giggling guru, about the benefits of laughter for healing. We also speak to Dubai-based reflexologist Graca Ward about the art of reflexology.

Elsewhere in this issue, we publish an important debate about whether hospitals should allow reporters through the doors at times of natural and man-made disasters in order to protect patientsí dignity and privacy.

In the segment on cleaning and sterilisation there is an educational feature highlighting the significance of hand hygiene in the strategy to prevent hospital-acquired infections. There is also a hard-hitting news feature about the lack of proper medical waste disposal in Iraq.

In our regional focus we look at healthcare in Oman and the great strides that have been made in the country in the past 30 years.

And of course we keep you up to date with all the latest news from the region and around the world, forthcoming expos and conferences, and important medical notices.

Brian Wilkie

(Sep-Oct 2005)



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