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December 1979

Management of War Injuries to the jaws and Related Structures

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(12):741. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790240055014

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Abstract

This book concerns injuries to the lower part of the face that occurred during the Vietnam conflict, with an emphasis on mandibular reconstruction. A brief history of trauma encountered during World Wars I and II, as well as the Korean conflict, is also provided and is a prelude to the management of facial injuries seen in this country's latest armed conflict.

The statistics in the book were compiled by a maxillofacial casualty study of the US Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. All aspects of the injuries encountered, as well as the shortand long-term care of the victims, were studied. Many of the findings would not be of value to the practicing otolaryngologist, for instance, how long the average patient stayed at the various care facilities and how patients were transported from Vietnam to the United States. Furthermore, most specialists in maxillofacial injuries do not encounter a large number of bullet

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