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June 1959

Emergency War Surgery:

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(6):791. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030805023

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This book was derived from a manual developed at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe. It has been revised for the joint use of the U. S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The principles and practices prescribed are well adapted to the management of trauma in modern civilian life. It has a special adaptation for the management of mass casualties.

Each chapter is compact and concise. Of outstanding importance is the chapter on Shock. The pathogenesis, etiologic factors, and the general principles of management are clearly and concisely discussed.

It is arranged in four sections—types of wounds and injuries, response of the body to wounding, general considerations of wound management, and the problems of regional wounds and injuries. In addition there is an appendix which contains a glossary of drugs and a number of useful tables.

Since this manual is intended for catastrophic occurrences, any criticism that the management of injuries

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