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January 5, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(1):49. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600010047021

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To the Editor:  —The magnitude of the conflict that has been raging for more than three years and the part we are to play in it are gradually coming home to our people. A united effort in giving our boys in the trenches and their families at home all available help is becoming increasingly important. As our Army begins active operations, the crying need will be for more trained nurses. Every shipload of soldiers going abroad will emphasize this demand, which will become more and more pressing.As a medical man, I have a few suggestions to make for preparing to meet this situation. Briefly they are as follows:Young women who feel the call of patriotism in this hour of the nation's peril, and who are willing to respond, can be organized into classes of from fifty to one hundred, each class to be given three months' intensive training

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