In the Trenches


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A popular phrase derived from trench warfare of World War I, referring to the active practice of medicine—in the 'real' world—as opposed to the less practical philosophies of the 'academic' world
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National Utility Contractors Association's (NUCA) Safety Director George Kennedy delivered an interview on the hazards of working in the trenches. U.S.
"There are those who want to put the most noxious, toxic materials in the trenches with the thought that this is about as far away on the planet as we're likely to get.
MORE than 16 million people were killed in WWI and hundreds of thousands of soldiers suffered life changing injuries or contracted diseases in the trenches.
It also means a lot to me personally as my grandfather, who died 20 years ago, fought in the trenches."
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