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December 14, 1979

The Study of Trauma

Author Affiliations

University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville

JAMA. 1979;242(24):2663. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300240009004

To the Editor.—  In his recent article (241:2269, 1979), Francis D. Moore, MD, appropriately focused on the need for novel directions—and interdisciplinary cooperation—in seeking solutions to the social, epidemiologic, and medical problems of trauma. It is therefore unfortunate and surprising that Dr Moore perceives the surgeon to be such a lonely laborer in the care of the trauma patient: "In the field of trauma, the surgeon is alone.... It is the surgeon who sees, feels, and senses the urgency and immediacy of the problems. There is no other professional group concerned."Such self-indulgent hyperbole fails to nurture that interdisciplinary cooperation on which Dr Moore focuses; more to the point, it does a disservice to the other professionals who definitely are as intimately involved in the care of the trauma patient as the surgeon.In many communities, an emergency medical system, planned and administered by nonsurgeons, renders care at the scene