For Trauma Surgeons, Saving Lives, if Not Legs, With No Time to Fret

April 17, 2013 1:42 PM

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For Trauma Surgeons, Saving Lives, if Not Legs, With No Time to Fret

“As an orthopedic surgeon, we see patients like this, with mangled extremities, but we don’t see 16 of them at the same time, and we don’t see patients from blast injuries,” Dr. Peter Burke, the trauma surgery chief at Boston Medical Center, said.

The toll from the bombs Monday at the Boston Marathon, which killed at least three and injured more than 170, will long be felt by anyone involved with the city’s iconic sporting event. For the victims, the physical legacy could be an especially cruel one for a group that was involved in the maratho...

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