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November 15, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(20):1518-1522. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610460036010

My work during the past two years has served to bring into marked contrast the unusually expert care given by our military authorities to the treatment of gunshot injuries and the comparative lack of care bestowed on similar injuries occurring in the ordinary course of industry. The Surgeon-General's Office took pains to give special courses, training men in orthopedic and surgical principles applicable to war injuries; a special commission has devoted itself exclusively to the perfection of splints; pamphlets have been issued, and a special department of education by means of photographs and moving pictures has been efficiently organized. As a result, the American wounded soldier has had far less to suffer than his comrade in arms, either of the allied or of the hostile armies.

Contrasted with this excellent organization, dealing with the complicated gunshot injuries, the treatment of which is peculiarly difficult owing to the suddenness with which

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