A theory of postoperative fatigue.

  title={A theory of postoperative fatigue.},
  author={Peter Salmon and George M. Hall},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  volume={90 12},
The concept of fatigue has entered medicine from other disciplines in which the term refers to weakening of a material by demands put upon it. Its application to the behavioural and subjective changes that characterize postoperative convalescence has led to the assumption that these changes reflect the physiological and metabolic consequences of surgery. Because evidence does not support this view, we outline a new theory in which postoperative fatigue is the product of physiological… CONTINUE READING

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