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April 11, 1931


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Traumatic Surgery, New York Post-Graduate Medical School, and Reconstruction Hospital Unit.

JAMA. 1931;96(15):1191-1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720410001001

A survey of the field of general surgery discloses the fact that traumatic surgery is the oldest and yet the newest type of surgery. To the ancients the care of the injured was the earliest problem presented; to moderns it is the imminent problem. In the periods long remote the care of those injured in tribal warfare was practically the only form of surgery, and it was, in effect, war surgery that produced surgeons of great renown who were adept in caring for the injured. Still later came that period in which accidents inherent to occupation became numerous; and thus arose the era of railway surgery and industrial surgery. The present is the era of transportation surgery, a veritable epidemic of automobile accidents of major character. The aviation era is on the horizon and already the airplane is becoming a factor in the production of the traumapathies.

The greatest era

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