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Tufts Surgeon: It's Sad To Say, But This Is What We Train For 05:07

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WBUR's Bob Oakes spoke Monday night with Dr. Bill Mackey, chief of surgery at Tufts Medical Center, where at least 17 of the injured were treated. He described the scene at the hospital as "hectic ... but not chaotic."

"It's the kind of thing that we train and rehearse for, actually," Mackey said. "It's kind of sad to say, but in this day and age we have drills for mass causality events. And they happen."

Mackey described the injuries seen at Tufts as "blast injuries, almost exclusively of the lower extremities, from the knee to the ankle."

Press play above to listen to Bob Oakes' entire conversation with Mackey.

This program aired on April 16, 2013.

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