Vietnam, 1968-1969: A place and a year like no other

Patrick J. Kelly, James Tait Goodrich, J. Gordon McComb, Michael E. Carey

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Abstract

THE VIETNAM WAR touched a generation of Americans with its human tragedy, sacrifice, and strife. In terms of casualties, it was the fourth most costly war in American history. However, despite a monumental military effort and modern technology, the war was lost as support from the American public and its elected officials waned. Now, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, as we embark on what might well be another protracted war, lessons from the Vietnam experience become relevant. On a positive note, a refined system for the triage, management, and evacuation of wounded military personnel evolved in Vietnam. A wounded soldier could actually be at a well-equipped base hospital within minutes after injury. At those facilities, casualties had a more than 90% chance of survival, despite some of the most horrific wounds in the history of warfare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-943
Number of pages17
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume52
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Military Personnel
History
Triage
Wounds and Injuries
Technology
Survival
Warfare

Keywords

  • Richard C. Schneider Lecture
  • Vietnam War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Kelly, P. J., Goodrich, J. T., McComb, J. G., & Carey, M. E. (2003). Vietnam, 1968-1969: A place and a year like no other. Neurosurgery, 52(4), 927-943.

Vietnam, 1968-1969 : A place and a year like no other. / Kelly, Patrick J.; Goodrich, James Tait; McComb, J. Gordon; Carey, Michael E.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 52, No. 4, 01.04.2003, p. 927-943.

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Kelly, PJ, Goodrich, JT, McComb, JG & Carey, ME 2003, 'Vietnam, 1968-1969: A place and a year like no other', Neurosurgery, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 927-943.
Kelly PJ, Goodrich JT, McComb JG, Carey ME. Vietnam, 1968-1969: A place and a year like no other. Neurosurgery. 2003 Apr 1;52(4):927-943.
Kelly, Patrick J. ; Goodrich, James Tait ; McComb, J. Gordon ; Carey, Michael E. / Vietnam, 1968-1969 : A place and a year like no other. In: Neurosurgery. 2003 ; Vol. 52, No. 4. pp. 927-943.
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