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Civil defense received its first full scale test in modern times in World War II. The editor of this volume had practical experience as a regional hospital officer during the first two years of the war. This book on the planning, organization, and operation of the Emergency Medical Services of England and Wales is one of a number of publications dealing with the medical aspects of the history of World War II that are being compiled under the guidance of Sir Arthur S. MacNalty. The evolution of the Emergency Medical Services in Great Britain during World War II represented an extraordinary development in civilian medicine. This book presents in a concise manner the functions and work of these services in providing medical care as adequate as was possible under the conditions existing in England and Wales during the period 1939 to 1945. Furthermore, a careful interpretation of the activities of
History of the Second World War: United Kingdom Medical Series. JAMA. 1953;153(16):1493–1494. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330077034