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September 29, 1917

PROMPT REMOVAL OF FOREIGN BODIES IN GUNSHOT WOUNDS: ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR

Author Affiliations

Major, Medical Reserve Corps, United States Army FRANCE

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(13):1079-1080. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910400004014b
Abstract

Coming back into the field of military surgery after an absence of several months, during which interval the lessons of experience have matured, I feel compelled to make an academic statement concerning early removal of foreign bodies in many gunshot wounds. In the service of the British expeditionary forces during 1916 I had the opportunity of caring for thousands of wounded men. This year, returning to the same field in the service of our own United States, and having earned the right, in part, to make general observations, the advantage of early foreign body removal strikes me most forcibly.

With the advancement of the stress of war, the increase of its countless thousands of wounded men and the refinement of efficiency and cruelty of gunfire, the services rendered by the medical corps have progressed favorably. By that I mean not so much the efficiency of individual medical officers, nor the

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