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December 23, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(17):1090-1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850520032017

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ARMY NURSE SHORTAGE GRAVE  Major Gen. Norman T. Kirk, Surgeon General of the Army, recently disclosed the seriousness of the present shortage of army nurses at a ceremony in which Col. Florence Blanchfield, superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps, accepted an oil portrait of an army nurse painted by a soldier in an effort to promote nurse recruiting. General Kirk stated that the shortage of nurses in the Army is acute and is growing more so every day. He said that 40,000 civilian registered nurses in the United States who are eligible for service in the Army Nurse Corps may have been "lulled by the false impression that is prevalent in certain quarters that the war in Europe is practically over."The painting, presented to Colonel Blanchfield by Private Rudolf Bernatschke of the Recruiting Publicity Bureau, U. S. Army, has already been made into a poster in the

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