Medicine: Head Wounds

During two years of fighting in the Middle East, Major Peter Byers Ascroft, a surgeon with the Eighth Army, and his Scottish surgical unit handled 516 head-wound cases. Last summer Major Ascroft summarized the clinical results of this experience in the British medical journal, The Lancet. Last week the New England Journal of Medicine declared Major Ascroft's article required reading for every U.S. military and civilian surgeon. Reasons: 1) "the conclusions differ so fundamentally from those previously authorized for publication by the [U.S.] War Department, which were largely reached shortly after World War...

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