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is there really a thing as too many casualties, i know its dreadful but i always thought people training in the casualty department thrive off the demise of people, usually during war. i know it happened in WWII, that's when surgical techniques were improved and revised, out of necessity really, not the urge to improve.
The amount of casualties we witnessed was enormous, every physician had to take care of at least 3 to 5 patients at a time, and we had atleast 40 docs in the hospital when these things happened. triage was done in the field and it was really ineffective, despite the recurring incidences and the repeated regulation revisions.
what amazes me is that there were no research published, no improvements made, nothing. everybody kept doing the same thing over and over, and i am not saying that we did a bad job, we did great, but we failed to learn anything from our experiences.
now that its almost over, i'm thinking why ...
i know i worked with brilliant people so its not a matter of intelligence or education
the system is wrong obviously but that should not stop the surgeons working in the theater to study what they have done.
was it just too much to handle, does that mean we can not learn from too many casualties ??
or is it just that my people just don't care for improvement
obviously no one can answer the second question, so please tell me what you think about the first.