Medical units of the US military have operated for more than 15 years in Afghanistan, a country with among the lowest estimates of access to safe, timely surgical and anesthesia care.1 Surgeons from the US military have delivered humanitarian surgical care (HSC) to local national civilians throughout the conflict, although previous large reports about this care focused on children.2,3 To provide a more comprehensive accounting, we conducted a retrospective study on HSC provided by deployed US military medical units to local national civilians during the Afghanistan conflict.
Weeks SR, Oh JS, Elster EA, Learn PA. Humanitarian Surgical Care in the US Military Treatment Facilities in Afghanistan From 2002 to 2013. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(1):84–86. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.3142
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