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March 8, 1941

Special Surgery in Wartime

JAMA. 1941;116(10):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820100127030

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This, the latest addition to the Practitioner booklet series, contains contributions by five authors dealing with new problems brought about by air raid casualties and other wartime emergencies. The aim of the publication is to assist the general practitioner in solving the acute problems of the diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the head, chest, spinal cord and abdomen. The subjects are treated in a brief, authoritative and preeminently practical manner. The information offered embraces the experiences of recent years. In the treatment of head injuries Northfield recommends that all compound fractures of the cranium be immediately hospitalized. The wound itself is treated by débridement, suture and the administration of sulfonamide derivatives. The incidence of posttraumatic epilepsy may be diminished by the administration of small doses of phenobarbital or bromide for three years after the injury. In the treatment of spinal cord injuries McAlpine urges immediate administration of morphine, transportation

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