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August 30, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(9):793-797. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820350133015

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE FOR CIVILIAN DEFENSE  The following letter was mailed to all state and county medical societies and to administrators and chiefs of staff of hospitals:In Bulletin No. 1 of the Medical Division, the U. S. Director of Civilian Defense recommends that all approved general hospitals in states along both seaboards and in industrial areas in the interior proceed without delay with the organization of a field casualty service. Hospitals which have already established emergency medical field units for this purpose should revise their organization so as to conform with the plans outlined in this bulletin. Uniformity in organization is essential if medical field units are to respond promptly and effectively to emergency calls from the local control center. The provision of special medical and surgical equipment for field units should await distribution of Bulletin No. 2 of the Medical Division, which will deal with equipment.Most