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March 11, 1944

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JAMA. 1944;124(11):709. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850110033014

PATHOLOGIC ANATOMY AT WAR  Elsewhere in this issue (p. 710) an article on the Army Medical Museum explains the organization of pathologic anatomy in the Medical Department of the U. S. Army. The startling accomplishments of surgery, medicine, physiology, bacteriology and epidemiology as they partake in the war effort tend to obscure the significant part played by pathologic anatomy. In man, and in animals with natural or experimentally induced disorders, the final identification of disease, indispensable in investigation, depends on pathologic anatomy. Through the medium of autopsies and surgical specimens, pathologic anatomy serves the Army in its usual unpretentious manner. The organization now operating in the Army is such that careful examinations can be made in the field; central facilities provide for skilled controls and permanent files. Surgeons are aided in their operative work, internists in their investigation of patients and all medical officers in diagnosis, treatment and prevention, not

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