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Article
December 1944

WOUNDS OF THE CHEST IN PACIFIC JUNGLE WARFARE: A REVIEW OF THIRTY-TWO CASES

Arch Surg. 1944;49(6):367-372. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230020377001
Abstract

The character, clinical course and end results of penetrating war wounds of the chest are influenced by three general factors: (1) the size, irregularity, velocity and course of the penetrating missile; (2) the general physical condition of the soldier when wounded, and (3) the promptness of first aid and the early transportation of the wounded man to a hospital which has adequate facilities and personnel for the care of wounds of the chest.

A series of 32 patients with wounds of the chest are presented. They represent all of the patients seen in the hospital in which I have been serving during a relatively short intensive engagement. The men previously had all been in the same general physical condition, and they were all efficiently treated early by the same medical organization. Since these two general factors are similar, the cases of these patients wounded in Pacific jungle warfare are reviewed

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