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December 16, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(16):1033-1035. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850510041013

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NAVY RESEARCH UNIT DEVELOPS NEW BLACKOUT TENT  An emergency first aid and blackout tent, designed to permit physicians to work after dark in attack zones, was recently developed by the Navy's Medical Research Laboratory, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. One tent will be issued to each battalion and regimental medical department and one to each medical company. The tent, which is made of neoprene coated balloon cloth, together with its four lines, weighs only 6 pounds 15 ounces and enables physicians to maintain blackout conditions when emergency operations must be performed. A flashlight can be used directly on the operative area, and additional light can be obtained by suspending another flashlight from the inside ties. Eight casualties, lying side by side on ponchos or blankets, can be sheltered by draping the tent over them. It will provide satisfactory conditions for examining casualties, securing hemostasis, dressing and

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