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May 1, 1943


Author Affiliations

Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1943;122(1):28-30. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840180030010

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to meet with you, the nation's leaders in public health and medicine, at this National Conference on Planning for War and Postwar Medical Services. The memory of Dr. Carlos Finlay and his great contribution to mankind is an ever present inspiration in carrying forward those services which have made possible the tremendous advance of civilization during the past century.

Medicine, whether in war or in peace, knows no boundaries. It is universal in its concept, humanitarian in its philosophy, giving aid and assistance to the weak and oppressed in all lands. While a war torn world is bent on destroying lives, it seeks to preserve and build.

The Axis has plunged the world into total war—a new form of warfare in which the military, the most spectacular phase of total war, deals only the last of a series of destructive blows. The

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