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October 12, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(15):1235-1237. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410001001

An adequate national defense requires a vigorous health offensive! Stimulated by the launching of the nation's defense program, the organized medical and public health professions have been quick to realize the importance of the contributions which they can make to health preparedness. The mobilization of the medical profession for any emergency that may arise has been successfully inaugurated with the appointment of a National Committee on Medical Preparedness by the American Medical Association.

Man power is now the greatest need both of industrial production and of military defense. Adequate man power is dependent on the highest type of mental and physical fitness; nor should the health of women workers be forgotten in these times, in view of their important contributions to industrial production and operation and their possible substitution for men in times of serious national emergency. The speed-up of production and manufacture, the development of new material and methods,

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