THE victims of the Cocoanut Grove disaster, which occurred in Boston on the night of Nov. 28, 1943, offered a rather unusual opportunity for the study of the types of injury to the respiratory tract which may be expected when persons are exposed to smoke and flame resulting from rapid and extensive combustion in a relatively confined space. Since air conditioning has become commonplace and is increasing in popularity, the circumstances which gave rise to the Cocoanut Grove disaster might easily be duplicated in civilian life in situations in which combustible materials or mixtures of gases start to burn and cause an early disruption of the ventilating systems. Similar situations may arise when fires are caused by inflammable liquids or when explosives are set off or when fires gain headway in the holds of ships—and probably under many other circumstances. Few reports on the combination of extensive surface burns and
FINLAND M, DAVIDSON CS, LEVENSON SM. EFFECTS OF PLASMA AND FLUID ON PULMONARY COMPLICATIONS IN BURNED PATIENTS: Study of the Effects in the Victims of the Cocoanut Grove Fire. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;77(5):477–490. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00210400002001
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