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To the Editor:
—My attention was directed to a contribution by Dr. Joseph B. DeLee (The Journal, Aug. 24, 1917, p. 665), advocating the construction of military hospitals in France in the shape of a cross with roofs to be painted in red color. In view of the deliberate bombing of an American base hospital by German flyers and the resulting killing and maiming of innocent "noncombatants," the doctor's plan would produce the very opposite effect he aims at. The best plan is to make all sanitary formations and institutions as invisible as neutral tints can render them. In addition it would be wise to disperse the buildings of large institutions over a fairly wide area and to place them under the shelter of natural foliage, or artificial for that matter, schemes employed to hide artillery batteries from aerial reconnaissance. In view of the fact that antiaircraft guns are effective
Blech GM. "RED CROSS" BASE HOSPITALS. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(13):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590400063028