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May 1, 1943


Author Affiliations

Professor of Medical and Surgical Research, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons NEW YORK

JAMA. 1943;122(1):20-24. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840180022007

The responsibilities of medicine and the medical sciences in the conduct of warfare are ancient and well known. To many they consist of the measures taken to prevent disease and the proper care of sick and wounded. If, however, one contemplates for a moment the vast expansion of the technics of modern war and the necessity for their use in practically all known parts of the world, the almost indefinite extension of the function of the medical sciences quickly becomes apparent. The modern soldier must be adapted to his task by physical fitness, mental aptitude and endurance. In many instances the physiologic mechanisms of the body are not geared to the unusual stresses imposed. The number and variety of diseases to which he is exposed have greatly increased because of the geographic extension of the areas in which he must serve. Types of war wounds and other injuries are more

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