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Scars of War: Dealing with the Alarming Rate of Unnecessary Amputations in Ukraine

Retired Brigadier General Mark Arnold was struck by something unexpected when he walked around the streets of Kyiv last November. Everywhere he looked, there were amputees.

Ukraine is at war, so seeing amputees isn’t entirely surprising. What was surprising to Arnold was that most of the amputations were close to the shoulder or close to the crotch. “Why,” he wondered, “weren’t more of the amputations performed close to the knee or the elbow?”

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