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January 27, 1984

Military Casualties-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of California Medical Center San Diego

JAMA. 1984;251(4):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340280024012

In Reply.—  The word casualty, in the military sense, refers to any condition that prevents a soldier from fighting and, therefore, does not necessarily imply injury. Boyd and Cowley have recently better summarized similar data by stating that of all those patients who reached a US military facility in the Korean conflict, 95.5% survived, whereas in the Vietnam conflict, 97.5% survived.1