Vascular trauma: Selected historical reflections from the western world

Norman M. Rich*, Patricia L. McKay, David R. Welling, Todd E. Rasmussen

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In the spirit of international exchanges of knowledge with colleagues from all over the world, who are interested in the care and treatment of vascular trauma, we offer selected historical reflections from the western world on vascular trauma. Whereas there are a number of key individuals and a variety of events that are important to us in our writing, we know essentially nothing about what is written by other cultures and, particularly, the Chinese. It is well recognized around the world that Chinese surgeons are among the first to be highly successful in re-plantation of severed extremities, repairing both injured arteries and veins. Also, we recognize that there are contributions in other parts of the world, which are not well known to us collectively . Contributions from the Arabic speaking part of the world come to mind because there is periodic brief reference. We offer our perspective hoping that there will be one or more Chinese surgeons who will offer us the benefit of sharing their perspective on important historical contributions to the managing of vascular trauma outside of the western world, and, particularly, the English speaking literature. Once again, we encourage our colleagues in the Arabic speaking world to provide us with their perspective of the development and management of vascular trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalChinese Journal of Traumatology - English Edition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • History
  • International educational exchange
  • Vascular system injuries
  • Western world


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