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August 26, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(17):1195-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850350033015

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HEALTH IN PACIFIC AREAS  [The following is a letter received by Major General Norman T. Kirk from the Honorable Nelson Trusler Johnson, Minister to Australia.]

THE FOREIGN SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AMERICAN LEGATION  Canberra, AustraliaJune 7, 1944.Dear General:I have just returned from a trip in the Pacific areas where American forces are established and working, except for the combat areas. The work which our army medical services have done is so remarkable and so amazingly successful that I felt that I must sit down to write and tell you this.Certainly these are impossible areas for a white man to live and work in, but I did not see or hear a mosquito the whole time I] was there and the records of the various commands and the hospitals show that, through the efficiency

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