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July 19, 1941


Author Affiliations

Rear Admiral, Medical Corps, United States Navy; The Surgeon General of the Navy WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1941;117(3):184-186. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820290012006c

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In keeping with the address of the President of the American Medical Association, I wish to outline what the Navy Medical Corps is doing to prepare itself to meet all the obligations that will be thrown on it. It is well for all of us periodically to make a searching inquiry into the things we have done and then from the lessons so learned lay future plans. It is in this spirit that we in the Navy await the coming years.

The primary duty of the Medical Corps of the Navy is to make all preparations humanly possible to keep the personnel healthy and able to perform their duties with minimum time on the sick list. The Navy is made up of the Fleet, with its supporting shore stations. It is reasonable then to say that every move made by the Medical Corps is in the direction of advancing the

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