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September 2, 1944

Medicine and the War

JAMA. 1944;126(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850360063029

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This book owes its origin to a series of lectures given by members of the Division of the Biological Sciences of the University of Chicago in the spring of 1943 under the sponsorship of the Charles R. Walgreen Foundation for the Study of American Institutions. The various subjects (historical background, food, chemotherapy, malaria, insect carriers, shock and blood substitutes, aviation medicine, cerebral injuries, psychiatry and chemical warfare) are well chosen and arranged in a logical sequence. The result is a well rounded picture of medical advances important in modern warfare and, on the other hand, of the many problems modern warfare poses to medicine. However, if the reader expects the title of the book to refer to the present conflict exclusively he will be somewhat disappointed. The desire to make the audience understand the matter under discussion (the book anticipates lay readers) often shifts the emphasis to outlines of physiologic,

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