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The point of view and scope of this book are best brought out in the preface. Sport surgery, it indicates, is defense surgery in time of peace. A thorough training in sport surgery must be assumed as a necessity for every physician who (it matters not in what place or in what community) has a care for the cultivation and maintenance of the power of self defense among his people. For this reason sport surgery must occupy an important place wherever physicians or students wish to secure the proper knowledge required by their activities in defense situations or, in fact, by their practice in any community which has a high regard for defense preparation. The idea of the book came to expression during the surgical defense courses for physicians during the war situation in Vienna. In the darkest "illegal" times, during the winter of 1934-1935, the planning and work for
Chirurgisch-orthopädische Sportambulanz. JAMA. 1939;113(15):1435–1436. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800400063028
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