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CIVILIAN CONSULTANTS TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR
The appointment of prominent civilian physicians, surgeons and psychiatrists as consultants to the Secretary of War through the Surgeon General was announced September 12. This brings the number of civilian consultants in the Army Medical Department to more than 200. Of those announced at this time, 62 are surgeons, 29 physicians and 20 neuropsychiatrists.Major Gen. Norman T. Kirk, Surgeon General of the Army, under whose direction the medical consultant program was initiated during the war, said the appointments are aimed at maintaining the highest standards of medical practice. The consultants will augment the army staff of doctors caring for soldier patients and evaluate, promote and improve, wherever possible, the quality of medical care given American soldiers. More consultants will be added as the program is expanded, General Kirk said. Most of the appointees were veterans of medical service during the
GOVERNMENT SERVICES. JAMA. 1946;132(5):290–295. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870400038014