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October 27, 1951

NATURE OF AIR RAID CASUALTIES

JAMA. 1951;147(9):858-862. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.73670260013015
Abstract

If we are bombed tomorrow, any type of protection that can be given to the individual will be better than none at all. But this premise, if continually accepted, is not planning. It is improvisation, and poor improvisation at that. What is required is medical planning, for that is the only sensible manner in which our profession can discharge the new and staggeringly tremendous obligation, quietly and almost imperceptibly being thrust on us by the new fact of life, civil defense. For physicians to be disinterested in this new aspect of their professional and private lives, for them to fail to see the immensity of the problem faced by the physicians of the United States, will be to evade responsibility at a time —should atomic attack come—when the survival of our country will depend upon the American medical profession more than upon any other group of our citizens.

Civil defense

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