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March 17, 1951

SELECTIVE EVACUATION VS. HITCHHIKING

Author Affiliations

Chief of General Surgical Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 14.

JAMA. 1951;145(11):841. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920290067021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Air evacuation of battle casualties to the United States from overseas theaters is now well established as the primary and routine method of transport. News releases from the Department of Defense have dwelt on the speed, safety and economy that have been achieved and have not overlooked the sentimental appeal of the quick return of the wounded soldier to a hospital near his home. Some concept of the magnitude of this flow of evacuees across the Pacific can be had from statistics cited by Dr. Howard A. Rusk in the Jan. 14, 1951 issue of The New York Times. It is stated, presumably from official sources, that from July to December 15,643 patients were evacuated from the Pacific Theater to the Zone of the Interior by the Military Air Transport Service. More than 6,000 men were returned in December alone, 448 on one day. It is said

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