Mechanized warfare is fought today with increased speed and power. Col. Daniel L. Borden's1 study of the medical problems of tank warfare will help medical officers appreciate these changes. A modern tank is a mobile, concentrated source of fire power. Since the first appearance of the tank in World War I on Sept. 15, 1916 the slow tread of 4 miles an hour has been increased to 30 miles an hour; fire power has also increased. The all metal body encloses a high speed engine, ammunition, grenades, bombs, Verey cartridges, batteries, radio, firearms, fuel oil and an alcohol compass in close proximity to the human crew. Special training is required to render efficient medical service to the personnel of tank battalions. Tank fighters must be youthful, aggressive, courageous, tough; they must not be tall, too heavy or sensitive to dust nor have a tendency toward claustrophobia.
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MEDICAL PROBLEMS OF TANK WARFARE. JAMA. 1943;122(8):508–509. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840250032013