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April 28, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(17):1142-1143. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860170054018

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)March 24, 1945.

Greatly Improved Results of War Surgery  In no previous war has surgery been so efficient. Surgical treatment is now available so near the field of battle and in such thorough fashion that when a British soldier is wounded, however seriously, he has more than a 9 to 1 chance of survival if picked up quickly. On the western front since D day about 40,000 major surgical operations have been performed in forward areas, in addition to the vast number in the great base hospitals. The high degree of success in the forward operations is due largely to improvements in both preoperative and postoperative treatment. The former includes transfusion of blood, plasma or serum. In the war of 1914-1918 if a man received' a pint of blood before an operation at a base hospital that was thought to be good. Now a wounded

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