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September 2, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(1):38. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850360040016

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WASHINGTON LETTER  (From a Special Correspondent)Aug. 28, 1944.

Recent Developments in Emergency Medical Service  Through their voluntary organization to meet disasters and emergencies under the Emergency Medical Service of the Office of Civilian Defense, doctors throughout the nation have demonstrated their ability to serve in time of disaster. Their work in the Hartford circus fire is one recent striking example. While the OCD budget has been reduced from some $4,000,000 last year to $778,000 for 1944, its voluntary program carries on, and there is indication that its emergency medical program is one form of voluntary organization that will continue after the war.The OCD medical program has of late been under the direction of a U. S. Public Health Service doctor, Senior Surgeon John J. Bourke. As medical assistant to the director of civilian defense, Lieut. Gen. William N. Haskell, he has been responsible for much of the planning

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