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September 20, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(12):1021-1024. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820380043015

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THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND THE CIVILIAN DEFENSE PLAN  DONALD GORDON, M.D.NEW YORKWhen nations go to war, the medical profession is used as the salvage corps to return the human victims of war's destruction to the fighting line of defense. In peace the medical profession acts as a salvage corps to return the victims of civilian casualties to their homes, families and work, always trying to reduce the economic loss to a minimum. Our government has the great task of organizing a civilian defense plan, hitherto not deemed necessary because of our apparently isolated geographic position. This plan, under the able directorship of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York and his committee members, is well under way.The medical profession, organized and trained in the special field of salvaging victims of civil and battle casualties, has opened to it through this emergency an opportunity to show again its

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