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April 28, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(17):1132-1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860170044013

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THE BATTALION SURGEON  Medical officers serve in many places and in various types of assignments. One of these assignments is that of battalion surgeon. According to the Surgeon General's office, these young medical officers are saving many lives but often receive little credit except from the men they serve. Promotions are slow and they are constantly in physical danger. They hear about the men in the rear hospitals doing professional work of a type similar to that which they expect to do in civil life, but they go on plowing through the mud or sweltering in the heat day by day.The Surgeon General has arranged for these officers to receive "on the job" refresher courses in the large hospitals when they return to the zone of the interior.The rotation of medical personnel between front and rear elements has been tried in some places, but it has

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