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February 1969

Vietnam Casualty Statistics: February-November, 1967

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Division of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. LTC Aaby, a Surgical Consultant, US Army, and COL Kovaric are currently in Vietnam.

Arch Surg. 1969;98(2):150-152. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1969.01340080042006

Wound checklists summarizing the early history and treatment of 3,954 patients have been reviewed and the information compiled. These represent a portion of the total number of patients treated during this time but are believed to reflect the overall picture because they are the accumulated figures from 16 medical facilities and were completed through the cooperation of the attending surgeons at these installations.

We wish to emphasize that the individuals accounted for in this survey are patients admitted to treatment facilities. They do not reflect in any way those individuals killed in action because the latter are not brought to hospitals. Such a report would be an interesting supplement to this review.

When monthly reports are compared among hospitals, the causes of wounds reflect the nature of military action. If engagements have been small arms battles, the wounds and their locations differ from those in troops that have encountered booby

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