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Cobey James C. M.D. M.P.H. F.A.C.S.; Stover, Eric; Fine, Jonathan M.D.
Techniques in Orthopaedics: October 1995
Orthopaedic Lessons from Recent Wars: Articles: PDF Only


Mines have been used throughout the world by developed and developing countries alike. They are now used as prime offensive and defensive weapons, and their cheapness makes them especially attractive to poorer countries. These mines will last for many, many years and will continue to kill civilians for decades after a war is over and cause permanent maiming and crippling in the countries that are most likely to lack adequate prosthetic facilities to rehabilitate these victims; indeed, it is estimated that half of the injured people die even with medical care. There is a critical need to support an international ban on the entire system of production and distribution of land mines worldwide. As things stand now, more and more land will become unproductive, and horrible deaths and mutilations will go on for many, many years.

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