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February 10, 1951

Health Services and Special Weapons Defense

JAMA. 1951;145(6):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920240081036

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This book sets forth in detail a program for the development of state and local civil defense health services. It outlines the functions, responsibility and organization of civil defense services, the responsibility, for which rests jointly on federal, state and local government. It is pointed out that civil defense must be primarily a civilian responsibility, as in time of war the military forces must concentrate on their primary mission. Plans for health services in civil defense, therefore, must be made on the assumption that no help from military personnel, equipment or supplies will be available for civilian wartime disaster relief. The whole field of health services is covered. Of particular interest to physicians are the paragraphs on treatment of burns. The method described is not held out as the ideal method but as effective and adaptable to mass treatment methods "and would not predetermine subsequent treatment." School buildings are described

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