It is generally understood that the Italian army at the present time consists of at least 4,000,000 men, and that the number of hospital beds is approximately 1,000,000. Just what it means in two years to expand a country's hospital service to these huge proportions can be better appreciated when it is recalled that in the entire United States, with a population almost three times as great as that of Italy, there are only 300,000 beds. Yet in spite of this vast achievement, the work accomplished by the Italian medical profession since the beginning of the war has attracted to itself but little attention in this country. The reasons for this are obvious. While probably none of the Allies who are fighting in Europe have received less aid other than financial help from outside their own borders, the medical men of Italy almost invariably were loath to speak of their
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