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July 7, 1945

Casualty Work for Advanced First-Aid Students

JAMA. 1945;128(10):771. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860270073034

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The methods described in this convenient pocket book were developed to meet "blitz" conditions endured by the civilian population of Great Britain. While these methods differ somewhat from those taught in the usual first aid courses, their basic principles are the same. They presuppose a sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology and experience in first aid work. Emphasis is placed on (1) immediate control of hemorrhage, (2) immobilization of all badly damaged tissues and (3) rapidity of delivery to the care of the surgeon.

The book can hardly be recommended as a continuation of the first aid course taught in this country, but it may be useful to specially trained rescue squads of fire and police departments and of hazardous industries. Certainly one would not trust the administration of morphine and nikethamide to the layman even though the "dosage is regulated by the medical officer" except in unusual situations in

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