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September 15, 1917

SPECIAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF HEAD INJURIES IN THE WAR

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(11):912-913. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590380054021
Abstract

It is reported that approximately 20 per cent, of the bed capacity of the base hospitals in the war zone is occupied with cases classified as surgery of the head. This can readily be believed since warfare has become almost wholly of the trench variety, in which the head is particularly exposed and for which reason all the armies have adopted the steel helmet instead of the ordinary head-gear. Even in time of peace 12 to 15 per cent. of the conditions treated in an army general hospital are classified as eye, ear, nose and throat cases. This does not include the cases requiring brain and oral surgery. In view of the number of these and their importance, as shown by the experience of our allies, the Surgeon-General of our Army is making special preparations to take care of these cases according to the best and most recent methods. These

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