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The roller-coaster supply of burn and trauma care

from Hospitals & Health Networks

In 1957, R Adams Cowley, M.D. (his first name really was just R, without a period), a noted Maryland cardiac surgeon, coined the idea of "the golden hour" — the 60 minutes after a severe traumatic injury during which the patient should receive appropriate care. If the patient does not receive such care during that first hour, the theory goes, his or her chances of survival drop significantly. Although the concept was controversial at first — with some critics saying it had no basis in science — over the years, it has been generally accepted. more

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