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July 8, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(10):711-712. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850280027012

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ARMY PROVIDES MEDICAL KITS FOR PRISONERS HELD BY JAPANESE  The Army Medical Department has developed special medical supplies for shipment to the Far East in an effort to provide the best possible care for American prisoners under control of the Japanese. The specially packed supplies have been designed for distribution by the International Red Cross, and packing cases will be labeled in English and in Japanese. The new plan for making supplies available to American and Allied prisoners of the Japanese was developed by a committee of officers in the Office of the Surgeon General. Besides drugs, the shipments contain dressings, simple types of surgical and dental instruments, sterilizing equipment, insecticides and water purifiers. The shipments are prepared in three types of units: a 100 man unit containing five separate packages, a hospital unit and a bulk supplies unit.

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