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In the preface the author says that "this compend has been set forth hastily after the unexpected declaration of war, during the mobilization and since the beginning of hostilities, and that too while in Paris or during the course of my missions,no matter where, during the too short moments of the day and especially during the hours of the night. I know its imperfections, but writing it chiefly from memory it expresses a vision broader and more certain than if it had been otherwise prepared." When it is understood that this compend was written in less than sixty days at odd moments during the busiest time imaginable of the General Medical Inspector of the French army, and that it contains matter showing the effects of the modern high-velocity bullets, bearing date as late as August 20, one may have some realization of the magnitude of the task accomplished. The author
Précis de Chirurgie de Guerre.. JAMA. 1914;LXIII(25):2252. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570250082036
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