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Harnessing the preconditioning phenomenon: does remote organ ischaemia provide the answer?
  1. A Burdess,
  2. D Newby
  1. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor David E Newby
    Room SU314, The Chancellor’s Building, New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 49 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SB, UK; d.e.newby{at}


Despite progress in defining the cellular mechanisms of the ischaemic preconditioning phenomenon, its conversion into convenient clinical practice has been slow. The possibility that an innate mechanism of tissue resistance to ischaemia could be harnessed as a clinical tool is an attractive and enticing prospect

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  • Published Online First 13 September 2005

  • The authors have no competing interests to declare.