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[Comment] Pathology and laboratory medicine in partnership with global surgery: working towards universal health coverage

Pathology and laboratory medicine (PALM) is the backbone of high-quality care across many specialties, particularly surgery. In surgery, PALM provides the cross-match to keep patients with bleeding ectopic pregnancies alive, the histopathology that differentiates a benign colonic polyp from a malignancy, the biochemistry that allows safe titration of anaesthetics, and the forensic pathology that quantifies the burden of disease.