Letter to the Editor. Decompressive craniectomy: the simpler, the better

Nathan Beucler MD1,2 and Arnaud Dagain MD, MSc1,3
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  • 1 Sainte-Anne Military Teaching Hospital, Toulon, France
  • | 2 Ecole du Val-de-Grâce, French Military Health Service Academy, Paris, France
  • | 3 Val-de-Grâce Military Academy, Paris, France
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