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January 1966

Bring Out Your Dead

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(1):1-3. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870070015001

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MOST OF US have never witnessed a calamitous defeat on the field of battle or lived through a terrible plague. We get but a faint idea of the horror, terror, desolation, and hopelessness which such frightful experiences produce. John H. Powell published Bring Out Your Dead in 1949. Medical people and laymen alike could feel in this on-the-scene report of Philadelphia's yellow fever outbreak of 1793 the fantastic anguish, the mob terror, and the devastating fear which whelms over collective man caught up in disaster. Especially is this true if the cause is mysterious. It is bad enough to have an earthquake, or flood. The loss of a ship, the crash of a plane, or some great fire, horrible as they may be, are understood in principle. But if some great meteorite from outer space should obliterate a huge metropolitan area the understanding of peripheral survivors would be wanting or

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