Wall Street Journal - "Injuries Resemble Traumas of War"
The Boston Marathon bombings brought the wounds of war to the finish line of one of America's iconic sporting events. Doctors treating some of the more than 170 people who were hurt in the explosions, and other experts in trauma medicine, said injuries ranged from life-threatening lung damage to ruptured eardrums to mangled and amputated legs—wounds typically confined to the battlefield. The injuries pose daunting challenges for trauma surgeons. "If you try and attempt a reconstruction with a severely mangled limb, it can require multiple surgeries, with multiple-stage reconstructions," said Dr. David Forsh, chief of orthopedic trauma at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Learn more