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January 18, 1941

Organization, Strategy and Tactics of the Army Medical Services in War

JAMA. 1941;116(3):261. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030083034

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The medical service in war is a large organization which has the duties not only of treating the wounded and sick but of providing for them food, clothing, warmth, discipline, pay and transportation of enormous numbers. Medical skill is required to keep the troops fit and healthy, and a high degree of administrative ability is necessary to supply and coordinate the various forms of transport—ambulances, stretcher bearers, trains, ships, barges—and to provide vast quantities of dressings, drugs, instruments, splints and all sorts of appliances. In the last World War, some eleven million sick and wounded from all parts of the world suffered from every conceivable injury and sickness. This tremendous duty was performed so well that 75 per cent of these eleven million sufferers were restored to their health and duties. The author, a retired officer of the Royal Army Medical Corps, during the World War commanded almost every kind

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