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January 6, 1917


Author Affiliations

Formerly Assistant Surgeon, American Ambulance, Neuilly, and First Assitant Surgeon, Hôpital Complémentaire, V. R. 76, Ris Orangis, France WATERVILLE, MAINE

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(1):18-24. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270010018006

Before the wounds produced by modern military projectiles as seen in the present war are described, and before the methodshave been found most efmostiefficientm are discussed, a brief consideration of how these injuries are inflicted and especially of the conditions under which they are received may not be out of place, because thoseplace, because those conditions have an important bearing on the character of the wounds and on their treatment. As Surgeon-General Sir Anthony Bowlby1 has stated, "one of the most important points for present consideration in connection with the wounds of war is the geographical situation of the battlefield."

During the first five or six weeks of the war the fighting was in the open, but, since the battle of the Marne, with a few exceptions the contending forces have lived and fought fighting was in the open, but, since the battle of the Marne,a fewceptions the contending