This volume is divided into three sections. The first part deals with anesthesia, resuscitation, and the relief of pain in wounded men. The second part deals with abdominal injuries, and the third part with closure of colostomies.
Materials and Methods
The 3,154 abdominal injuries whose analysis forms the major part of this volume were all treated during 1944 and 1945 in Italy, Southern France, Germany, and Austria by surgeons of the 2d Auxiliary Surgical Group. They constitute the largest series of combat-incurred wounds of the abdomen ever to be reported in such detail. The numbers are impressive. Among them are 416 wounds of the stomach; 180 wounds of the duodenum; 1,186 wounds of the jejunum and ileum; 1,222 wounds of the colon and rectum; 341 wounds of the spleen; and 829 wounds of the liver and the extrahepatic bile ducts.The analysis is of high quality and remarkable accuracy because