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June 2017

Structural Causes of Urban Firearm Violence: A Trauma Surgeon’s View From Philadelphia

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(6):515-516. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.5752

As trauma surgeons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we care for patients with gunshot wounds every day. We rush to the trauma bay to see them as they are brought in, often by local police officers, and quickly assess their injuries. We teach our medical students and residents to tape paperclips to their wounds, shoot x-rays, resuscitate, and operate if needed. We are experts on the incredible damage firearms cause to the human body and have worked for decades to define the management of these deadly injuries.