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April 27, 1918

TRAINING THE ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF A BASE HOSPITAL

Author Affiliations

(San Francisco) Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Base Hospital No. 30 (University of California), A. E. F.

JAMA. 1918;70(17):1226-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010170008013

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Abstract

The scheme for organizing the first fifty base hospitals for the new United States Army by the Red Cross in conjunction with civil hospitals and medical schools, had for its primary object the suitable grouping of specialists. A less obvious result, but another important one, has been the selection for these units of a relatively high percentage of enlisted men with college and other special training. Instead of simplifying the process of training, which at first would appear to be the result of such selection, the problem has really been made more complicated. For, while the courses in nursing, first aid, etc., ordinarily prescribed for sanitary troops are quickly covered by men with these qualifications, such training is inadequate, for the reason that it falls short of preparing them as well as they can be for the special work of a base hospital. Our method of meeting this situation is

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