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The Moorgate Disaster: Lessons for the Internist

E. GARNER KING, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), F.A.C.P.
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Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta,Canada


Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(3):333-334. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-84-3-333
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A disaster is a "sudden and extraordinary misfortune [and] implies an unforeseen mischance bringing with it destruction of life or property . . ."(1). For medicine, disaster also has an implication of mass casualties that cannot adequately be cared for by the usual pace of the health-care system. These notions of disaster were well illustrated on 28 February 1975 when a subway train crashed into the blind end of a tunnel at the Moorgate Station of the London tube system, producing 113 casualties. The problems of extrication of victims, communication, and medical management have been recorded in a two-part article

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