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War Surgery and Medicine

Summary of Cases

Summary of Cases

Figures for Italy are not available, but some idea of the work done is provided in the following summary which includes cases seen at Helwan up to the end of December 1943. Although outpatient investigations were relatively fewer in Italy, the total for the hospital for both theatres of war would be well over 10,000.

It will be noted that nearly a third of the cases were from British or Allied units. Helwan was an Area Hospital and served the RAF Middle East Transit Camp and Signals School and the Base Depot of the Royal Corps of Signals, through all of which passed an ever-changing and unceasing stream of men. It was a pleasure to be able to reciprocate in this way:

numbers of cases up to 31 december1943—
New Zealanders 6,800
RAF, BTE, and others 1,972
numbers of men for whom spectacles were ordered
New Zealanders 2,090
RAF, BTE, and others 922
Superficial infections of lids, conjunctiva, and cornea 2,521
Major battle casualties and accidental injuries 618
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For the purposes of this summary the varying and sometimes difficult distinction between a battle casualty and an accidental injury has been evaded.