Present day warfare, with participation by the entire population in the defense and offense effort, necessitates training of the whole population, each segment for its duties. Into the public mind today the need for preparation is being instilled, and much thought is being given to devising the direction and method of training. If the whole population is to be trained for the emergencies of war, one of the first objectives will be the training in methods of first aid. In Britain such training has formed an important aspect of defense work. In this country the American Red Cross is even now extending its first aid program; plans call for an immense expansion of this training.
Without doubt, physicians will play an important part in the local programs. Red Cross units commonly have physicians among their directors and look to them for guidance in phases of activity related to health work.
POTTHOFF CJ. FIRST AID TEACHING TECHNIC. JAMA. 1941;117(17):1417-1420. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820430013004