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April 4, 1942

OBSTETRICS IN WARTIME

Author Affiliations

Acting Director, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Board of Health, Territory of Hawaii HONOLULU, HAWAII

JAMA. 1942;118(14):1190-1192. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830140020006

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Abstract

On Sunday morning Dec. 7, 1941, out of literally a clear sky, Honolulu and its environs suddenly suffered a severe bombing. The details of the damage done, the number of civilian and military casualties and the military aspects of the problem are not the purpose or province of this paper. The sudden violence of this catastrophe did awaken the world to the possibility that a similar event might happen almost anywhere else.

Much will be written and much will be said regarding the care of casuals, emergency aid stations, police and fire protection and a number of other phases of community activity under similar circumstances: the specific problem of this paper is to consider obstetric management under crisis conditions. It is probable that this problem is just as real as the aforementioned problems; it is also probable that this problem as it existed in Honolulu would be paralleled in any other

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