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September 7, 1940

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1940;115(10):864-866. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810360052018

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Abstract

PHYSICAL THERAPY IN THE MILITARY SERVICE

JOHN S. COULTER, M.D. Chicago

In considering the place of physical therapy in the army during a war it is interesting to summarize a general description of the medical service in the theater of operations, the zone of communications and the zone of the interior. This summary will show that in the present duties and relations of the medical service there is no provision for physical therapy except in the zone of communications and the zone of the interior. The general mission of the medical service in the theater of operations, the zone of communications and the zone of the interior. This summary will show that in the present duties and relations of the medical service there is no provision for physical therapy except in the zone of communications and the zone of the interior. The general mission of the medical service is:

  • The preservation of the strength of the forces in the field.

  • The care and treatment of the sick and injured men so that casualties may be more promptly returned to duty.

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