The surgeon in the armed forces must be especially qualified in the surgery of trauma, and to this end a continuing teaching effort is aimed at keeping this subject freshly in mind. Yearly reiteration of general principles is the function of this short course, and publication of the papers as a brochure makes available the current thought in ready reference form. This year, a number of subjects not previously covered are included in the program for the sake of variety, as well as completeness. While this material refers primarily to basic understanding and definitive care of individual casualties, the general principles do not change appreciably in a mass casualty situation, where the main differences is in volume rather than type of injury.
Col. Warner F. Bowers (MC) U. S. Army Chief, Department of Surgery, and Course Director Tripler Army Hospital, Honolulu