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August 1, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(5):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570050041016

Octave Laurent, surgeon of St. John's Hospital, Brussels, who followed the troops in the Balkans for eleven months, has issued a volume1 on the war in Bulgaria and Turkey from the point of view of a surgeon which is interesting as the most recent evidence on the fatality of modern arms and the problem of care for the wounded which follows modern battles. It contains a discussion of most of the unsettled problems as to whether the artillery or the infantry is most deadly and which is the more crippling for the moment. Laurent emphasizes above all the fact that military surgeons cannot be improvised out of the ordinary surgeons of civil life, but to be really life saving in their efforts they must have seen special service and had particular experience with gunshot wounds and military conditions.

At the beginning of the Balkan war, Bulgaria had a population

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