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This volume on vascular surgery is among the first of many volumes to be published on the medical history of the U. S. Army in World War II. In the history of World War I the subject of vascular surgery was dismissed with a single paragraph, while neurosurgery, for example, was accorded 535 pages in one of the surgical volumes. Many technical advances in vascular surgery were made in the period between World Wars I and II. However, since vascular injuries are relatively infrequent in civil life, when World War II broke out there were few surgeons with extensive experience in vascular surgery. To supply competent specialized care for the large number of vascular injuries was a difficult problem that was solved in World War II by establishing three vascular centers to which surgeons experienced in this specialty were attached. Surgeons General James C. McGee and Norman T. Kirk are
Medical Department, United States Army, Surgery in World War II: Vascular Surgery. JAMA. 1956;160(13):1181–1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960480081028