U.S. military medics use old and new techniques to save wounded in Afghanistan

pardus

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U.S. military medics use old and new techniques to save wounded in Afghanistan
By David Brown
Monday, November 1, 2010; 5:13 PM


AT BAGRAM AIR BASE, AFGHANISTAN Bleeding to death has always been the chief hazard of war wounds - and the control of bleeding the first task of the combat surgeon. Ambroise Pare knew that 460 years ago.
A French physician who treated some of the first combat wounds caused by firearms, Pare observed in 1550 that when amputating a limb there was less bleeding if blood vessels were tied off with silk thread rather than cauterized with a hot iron. For that and other gentler practices he became known as the "father of surgery."
Pare's professional descendants are still obsessed with bleeding....

Rest of article here...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/01/AR2010110104802_pf.html
 

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Excellent read Pardus! I've had the honor of working with a couple of the Docs quoted in the article and I'm not surprised that they have advanced battlefield medicine so much.
 
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