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May 16, 1959

Emergency War Surgery: U. S. Armed Forces Issue of NATO Handbook Prepared for Use by the Medical Services of NATO Nations

JAMA. 1959;170(3):394. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010030138041

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As stated in the first chapter the purpose of this pocket-sized manual is to present "the principles and techniques of emergency care of casualties through the first three echelons; that is, the battalion aid station, the clearing station, and the field or evacuation hospital." The problems of definitive care of injured patients are excluded. The handbook is written in a clear, concise, and comprehensive manner which should enable it to fulfill its purpose in a most satisfactory manner. In addition, with a few modifications, this handbook should be useful to the civilian surgeon faced with the problem of caring for civilian injuries.

The contents are divided into four parts: The first deals with types of wounds and injuries, the second with response of the body to wounding, the third with general considerations of wound management, and the fourth with regional wounds and injuries. In addition, a glossary of drugs with

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