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May 14, 1955

Early Care of Acute Soft Tissue Injuries

JAMA. 1955;158(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960020054027

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This publication is a companion manual to "An Outline for the Treatment of Fractures," first published in 1931 by the American College of Surgeons. The authors were selected from the membership of various surgical specialty societies, such as the American Urological Association, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Few, if any, individual surgeons could cover adequately the material collected in this manual. Injury is assuming a more prominent place in the practice of medicine. It will become more important as mechanical aids to living increase. The fate of the injured patient depends to a large extent on the initial treatment. Although definitive care may not be given, principles of early care are emphasized, where damage can be avoided, with the patient being prepared for definitive care at a later time. Every officer of the armed forces and every intern on entering his internship should

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