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March 6, 1943


JAMA. 1943;121(10):762-763. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840100048013

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When the medical history of World War II is written the year that elapsed following the treacherous attack by Japan at Pearl Harbor will be recognized as one in which the Medical Department of the United States Army was expanded tremendously in personnel, organized units, supplies and responsibilities and in which it met all these demands quietly and efficiently. Now with more than thirty-five thousand medical officers, with hundreds of thousands of medical corps men, with double the number of general and station hospitals and well-nigh triple the bed capacity, it stands ready to meet any new obligations that may be placed upon it. During the year the only serious incident from a medical point of view was the jaundice associated with inoculation against yellow fever. The first week of February 1943 found atypical pneumonia and meningitis most prominent of the infectious diseases but even these were scattering with a

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