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February 8, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;116(6):510-511. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820060058016

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CIVILIAN PHYSICIANS TO ADVISE ARMY ON EPIDEMICS  Under Medical Preparedness in this issue of The Journal appears the announcement of the establishment of a board for the investigation of influenza and other epidemic diseases in the Army. The Surgeon General should be heartily commended for this significant and forward-looking action. During World War I, special boards composed of the most competent specialists available were asked by Surgeon General Gorgas to study epidemic conditions and to advise him as to methods of prevention and treatment. These boards rendered distinguished service. The Surgeon General has now anticipated the possibility of outbreaks of infectious diseases in the camps in which hundreds of thousands of young men are being trained and will have available a board of distinguished advisers who are ready for immediate assignment. Moreover, the order just approved by the general staff permits the utilization of any experts who may be required

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