Physician of the 1st United States Marine Corps Medical Battalion performs surgery on a wounded U.S. Marine in a tent at Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, within the Solomon Islands archipelago. Surgeon prepares instruments for operation. Patient is given anesthesia. His back shows large cut swabbed with antiseptic. The patient is given intravenous injection. Surgeon performs a thoracotomy incision on patient's chest to remove shrapnel from his thoracic cavity. The lung is visible in the wound as a retractor is placed to expose the inside of the chest. The surgeon removes the shrapnel and places it on piece of cloth. Surgeon reapproximates the ribs using wire suture. Chest tube is inserted. Doctors dress the wound with gauze. Attending medical staff wipe face of patient and doctor with clean cloths. X-Ray of the patient shows pieces of shrapnel in his chest.
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