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December 18, 1943

What the Citizen Should Know About Wartime Medicine

JAMA. 1943;123(16):1083. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840510077035

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The present world war placed on the medical profession a burden beyond any that has ever before been its responsibility. Few people really understand the immensity and the complexity of the task of the Army Medical Department. Hence the book of Lieut. Col. J. R. Darnall is especially valuable in explaining the machinery for the examination of selectees, the organization and function of the medical departments of both the Army and the Navy and the work of these departments in the theater of military operations, in the home area and in the combat zone. Especially interesting is the chapter entitled "Medicine Takes to the Air," dealing with phases of medical care during war that did not exist in previous wars. Most useful to the average reader are the sections on communicable diseases and other infectious diseases which are especially a military problem. The book is supplemented by a well chosen

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