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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE SURGERY OF TRAUMA AND SURGICAL INTENSIVE-CARE
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SURGERY SOCIETE INTERNATIONALE DE CHIRURGIE
TheInternational Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care was founded in 1988. Its goal is to provide a forum for exchanging information and developing new knowledge in the ﬁeld of trauma surgery and surgical intensive care, whether by clinical experience or laboratory investigation. It accomplishes this goal through scientiﬁc meetings, publications, and training courses. Itis an integrated society within the broader International Society of Surgery-Société Internationale de Chirurgie, which was founded in 1902, has over 3000 members in 80 countries, and is compromised of members at large and those in 4 integrated and 14 participating societies. IATSIC itself has 270 members in 53 countries, distributed on every continent. IATSIC’s membership consists of surgeons ingood professional standing, who have a major interest and an active practice in trauma surgery and/or surgical intensive care. Contributions to the scientiﬁc literature pertinent to trauma surgery and surgical intensive care are also an important factor in determining membership. Interested surgeons meeting such requirements are encouraged to apply to: IATSIC Secretariat 4 Taviton Street London,WC1H 0BT, United Kingdom Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7679 4517, Facsimile: +44 (0) 20 7813 2844 Email: Iatsic@aol.com; Website: www.iatsic.org.
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Guidelines for essential trauma care
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INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SURGERY SOCIETE INTERNATIONALE DE CHIRURGIE and INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE SURGERY OF TRAUMA AND SURGICAL INTENSIVE CARE
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