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June 4, 1960

EARLY MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE TRAUMA

JAMA. 1960;173(5):546-548. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020230072013

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Abstract

The objectives of treatment in trauma are to save life, to save limb, and to promote healing so that with or without reconstructive surgery at an elective time the patient will resume his normal activities without handicap and with minimum loss of time. In this issue of The Journal is a symposium on the early management of acute trauma. Careful study of the individual papers will provide the physician with certain fundamental principles to guide him in reaching the stated objectives.

At the outset, it is well to warn that even so-called basic principles are subject to change, and the minute details of treatment certainly change as new knowledge displaces the old. Therefore, to meet his obligations, the physician must keep abreast of advances in our understanding of the problems of trauma and of improvements in the methods of treatment. Indeed, this is the central problem of medical education. One

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