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To the Editor:—
"In the conduct of military operations, great illusions are born out of a poverty of information coupled with a wealth of confidence that the enemy in any case is unequal to the task of promoting a decisive change in events" (S. L. A. Marshall, Chief Historian, European Theatre of Operations). After any natural or man-caused calamity, the prime objectives are to preserve life and to restore health and the ability to work and to reconstruct, all other functions of society obviously being dependent on at least some of its members remaining alive or recovering and being able to carry on. Therefore, at no other time are the skills and the professional knowledge of the physian more urgently needed than in the time of a collective emergency—be it natural cataclysm, major industrial accident, or large-scale military operation.We suspect that, due partly to the traditional abhorrence of the
Labecki TD, Ricks HC. THE PHYSICIAN'S ROLE IN COLLECTIVE SURVIVAL IN NATIONAL EMERGENCY. JAMA. 1955;158(1):71–72. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960010073022