The history of military colorectal trauma management
The management of the injured colon and rectum has been one of the more controversial surgical topics over the past century. The accumulated experiences of wartime surgeons caring for battle casualties guided the care of colon and rectal wounds for a number of years until prospective trials could address their optimal management. While often constrained by official doctrine, these surgeons made great contributions to our understanding of these complex patients. From the American Civil War, through the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, to modern regional conflicts, the mortality from colorectal battle injuries has fallen from greater than 90% to less than 5% today.
Colon, History, Injury, Military, Rectum, Trauma, War, Wounds
Perry, W. Brian, J. Patrick Brooks, and Peter C. Muskat. "The history of military colorectal trauma management." In Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 70-79. WB Saunders, 2004.
Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery