Medicine: What Is Shock?

Generations of doctors have talked about "shock," but they have never agreed on what they mean by it. Trying to be more precise, some have distinguished different types such as those caused by fright and cold, and a special kind of "wound shock." Others have gone on to such refinements as primary and secondary wound shock. All this, say two British physicians, is not good enough: wound shock must be even more carefully classified if the patient is to get the right treatment—and the wrong treatment may cost the patient his life.

Drs. Ronald T. Grant and E. Basil Reeve found themselves...

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