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Dougherty Paul J. MAJ MC
Techniques in Orthopaedics: October 1995
Orthopaedic Lessons from Recent Wars: Articles: PDF Only


Orthopaedic surgeons receive their training in the treatment of trauma victims in large medical centers with unlimited resources. Those centers are staffed and equipped to provide definitive care as early as the patient's condition allows. In military combat situations, orthopaedic surgeons must function in austere medical facilities not conducive to definitive care; they must provide staged care, often to large numbers of casualties. Herein is described the tentative planned reorganization of the U.S. Army field medical service into a forward surgical team and a future Army hospital (as yet unnamed), providing for more effective initial treatment of casualties in a combat zone.

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