Journal of Universal Surgery

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Medical legacies of the cocoanut grove night club fire 28 November 1942

Joint Event on 3rd European Conference on Surgery, Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
March 25-26, 2019 | Budapest, Hungary

Kenneth A Marshall

Harvard Medical School, United States

Keynote: J Univer Surg


The Cocoanut Grove Night Club Fire 28 November 1942 was the second largest mortality fire in US history. At that time, there were few existing fire safety regulations, which were largely ignored. The fire lasted less than 25 minutes, killed 492 including 51 active duty military on their way to Europe and WWII. But subsequently many fire safety regulations resulted as well as 5 monumental medical advances including the first in the civilian world use of Penicillin - a “Phoenix out of Ashes.” But to date too often the lessons learned have been ignored and/or forgotten.

Biography :

Kenneth A Marshall completed residencies in General Surgery on the Harvard Surgical Service at Boston City Hospital and the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia. He is a retired Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is Past President of the following: the Massachusetts Society of Plastic Surgeons, New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and Northeast Society of Plastic Surgeon.

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