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January 13, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(2):114. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860020058018

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Dec. 9, 1944.

Surgery with the Parachute Troops  When parachute troops go into action behind enemy lines it may be some days before normal channels of casualty evacuation can be established. The medical services of the air borne formation are responsible for the medical and surgical care of casualties until contact has been made with the medical services of the supporting force. The Army Medical Department Bulletin states that two parachute surgical teams are attached to each field ambulance to make certain that efficient surgical aid is always available. A team consists of one surgeon and five orderlies; when it goes into action an anesthetist is attached. One of the orderlies looks after resuscitation and preoperative treatment, two are chosen for nursing ability, and all are endowed with the intelligence, temperament and physique required of all parachutists. All the men are trained so that they

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