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July 19, 1941


Author Affiliations

Division of Medical Sciences, National Research Council WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1941;117(3):180-182. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820290008006a

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It is now slightly over a year since the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council established the first committees which were to act in an advisory capacity to the Surgeon Generals. The inauguration of this advisory activity came as a result of an initial request from Surg. Gen. James C. Magee that the division give advice about certain medical problems, particularly regarding the administration of the newer chemotherapeutic agents and regarding the treatment of surgical shock. This request of General Magee's was promptly discussed with the officers of the Medical Corps of the Navy and of the Public Health Service, and general agreement as to the desirability of such advisory committees was obtained. It seemed quite appropriate that the Division of Medical Sciences should be asked to serve in this advisory way to the armed services. The National Research Council was established in 1916 as the operating

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