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Head, thoracic, and abdominal injury in the orthopaedic patient 

Head, thoracic, and abdominal injury in the orthopaedic patient
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Head, thoracic, and abdominal injury in the orthopaedic patient
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K. Boffard

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10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.012004
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date: 18 September 2020

The orthopaedic trauma surgeon will be involved in the majority of poly trauma patients.

It is essential that the associated non-orthopaedic injuries are identified and appropriately managed.

It is my contention that failure to care for the surgical patient… is the most powerful disincentive to know the science of surgery. A surgical registrar who has not been exposed to the trauma patient and to intensive care is incompletely trained, unqualified, and unprepared for surgical practice or specialty training.

Donald Trunkey, Address to the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, 1988

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