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August 30, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;117(9):791-792. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820350131014

SHORTAGE OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS THREATENED  Difficulty is being experienced by manufacturers in obtaining materials needed for the manufacture of surgical instruments and supplies and for the manufacture of hospital apparatus and equipment, because of the urgency of the demands of the defense program. The Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply, created by executive order April 11 and charged with the responsibility, among others, of stimulating provision of the necessary supply of materials and commodities required for civilian use in such manner as not to conflict with military defense needs, has declared it to be of the greatest importance that there be a sustained output of surgical and hospital equipment. Such output is essential "to the maintenance of industrial efficiency and civilian morale." In an effort to make effective a sustained output, the Administrator of the Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply on July 15 announced a

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