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October 11, 1919


Author Affiliations

Lieutenant-Colonel, D. C., U. S. Army JEFFERSON BARRACKS, MO.

JAMA. 1919;73(15):1114-1118. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610410016005

When roads are congested with hundreds of thousands of moving troops with all the impedimenta of war, the matter of the weight and the bulk of the equipment for those who operate on wounded men must be carefully considered. Only those things which are absolutely necessary can be carried. The typical front line operating organization is a mobile hospital. The dressing stations and field hospitals are crowded with the work that they are expected to do, which is essentially emergency treatment. There are many patients who might have a chance to recover if they could have specialists to operate on them at once. Many classes of wounds occur that emergency units are unable to handle. The element of time and transportation is a very important factor. Men that could be saved if they could be operated on within a few hours of the receipt of the injury, and many others

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