Medicine: Guadalcanal Record

The Russians claim an astounding record for saving the lives of wounded men —only 1.5% exclusive of battle deaths, die of their wounds. Last fortnight Rear Admiral Ross T. Mclntire, Navy's Surgeon General, told Northwestern University's medical and dental students about the U.S. record on Guadalcanal. It is even better, though on a smaller scale: less than 1% have died, compared to 7% in World War I. Biggest improvement is in abdominal wounds—5% deaths, compared to World War I's 70 to 80%.

As in Russia, Guadalcanal doctors attack a wounded man's three worst...

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