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April 10, 1943

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JAMA. 1943;121(15):1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840150036011

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PLANS FOR THE WAR BLINDED  Among the casualties of war few merit more immediate consideration than that given to those who become sightless as a result of their participation in the national defense. In World War I, according to available figures, less than 250 Americans were blinded. Thus far the number of British soldiers who have become sightless, including the men from Great Britain and the colonies, is somewhat less than a few hundred. Planning bodies, therefore, estimate that the number of Americans in the armed forces who become totally blind will not exceed a few hundred. For the past six months representatives of the Surgeon Generals of the Army, the Navy and the Public Health Service, the administrator of the Veterans Administration, the Federal Board of Hospitalization and the ophthalmologic committee of the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council have been engaged in a study of

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