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War surgery: Working with limited resources in armed conflict and other situations of violence – Volume 2

22-04-2013 Publication Ref. 4105 Christos Giannou, Marco Baldan, Asa Molde

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This publication describes the ICRC approach to providing appropriate surgical care given the constraints of security, limited supplies, limited technology and limited human resources that are inherent to war. In modern conflicts, it is often the isolated general surgeon in a rural district hospital who is the first to receive war casualties, frequently with no possibility for further evacuation. In such situations, appropriate clinical techniques and protocols are more essential than ever.

Volume 1 dealt with the general principles of war surgery. Volume 2 deals with the wound ballistics, epidemiology, clinical picture, surgical treatment and complications of war wounds.

War Surgery Volume 2 coincides with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the ICRC, an anniversary of great historical importance for professionals engaged in war surgery. Today, the ICRC’s health work goes far beyond war surgery, but the history of the organization is interwoven with the development of war surgery, both as a professional discipline and as an ethos in war.

We plan to produce translations into French, Spanish and Russian in the near future.


  • Author(s): Christos Giannou, Marco Baldan, Asa Molde
  • Copyright: ICRC
  • Release year: 2013
  • Languages available: English
  • Price: CHF 28.-
  • Reference: 4105

Volume 2, 634 pp., 21 x 30 cm, illus., photos, including multimedia CD-Rom.

See also: Volume 1