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December 11, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(15):974-977. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840500038015

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SURGEON GENERAL KIRK ISSUES STATEMENT ON PENICILLIN  Because of numerous requests received by the army for penicillin, Surg. Gen. Norman T. Kirk of the Army Medical Department explained on November 23 that the War Department "at no time has either controlled penicillin or received the entire output." The army's position with regard to penicillin supply is exactly the same as that of the Navy, U. S. Public Health Service and the Office of Scientific Research and Development, each of which receives a monthly allocation of penicillin from the War Production Board. General Kirk also explained that the penicillin allocated to the Army Medical Department is intended for the treatment of military personnel and "none of it can be reallocated or released to civilians." This month, according to the War Production Board, the Army will receive 56 per cent of the total supply, the Navy 18 per cent,

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