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October 20, 1917

"LARREY, THE ORIGINATOR OF THE RAPID EVACUATION OF THE WOUNDED"

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Pittsburgh.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(16):1375. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590430069024

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Anent the interesting historical account of Larrey, the famous surgeon and patriot, by Dr. King of New Orleans, published in The Journal, September 29, and your editorial eulogizing the same surgeon, I would like to quote the following from "La Campagne de Russie, Mémoires du Général Comte de Ségur, Aide-de-Camp de Napoléon," an eye witness and participant in the ill-fated invasion of and retreat from Russia. "In the furious engagement at Borodine, 20,000 wounded were picked up and carried about two leagues to the rear to the great abbey of Kolotshoc." Then the historian continues:"Le chirurgien en chef Larrey venait de prendre des aides dans tous les régiments. Les ambulances avaient rejoint; mais tout fut insuffisant. Il s'est plaint depuis, dans une relation imprimée, qu'aucune troupe ne liu eut été laissée pour requérir les choses de première nécessité dans les villages environnants.""The chief surgeon, Larrey,

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