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To the Editor:—
J. F. More's article "A Civil Defense Director Looks at the Medical Problem" (J. A. M. A.153:1007 [Nov. 14] 1953) merits comment. The author is justly proud of the work in Toledo, Ohio, in civil defense, and his article is well written. However, there is in this "Toledo Plan," and equally in all other civil defense plans that I have seen, one very grave and vital flaw that must be mentioned in the hope that remedial planning may be accomplished, before it is too late.Anyone who saw first-hand, as did I, the bombing of British cities or who viewed the German Rhineland at the close of World War II learned one simple fact, that after a mass bombing, or an atom bombing, any disaster relief and civilian service plan, predicated on the accomplishment of such measures from within the target city, by its inhabitants
Hulett AG. CIVIL DEFENSE. JAMA. 1954;154(15):1302. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940490066021