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March 3, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;127(9):523-524. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860090029011

MEDICAL HISTORY OF THE WAR  Elsewhere in this issue (page 527) appears an announcement from the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council relative to the proposed medical history of the war. The committee has decided not to proceed with the development of the history originally contemplated, as was described in an article by Dr. John F. Fulton1 published in War Medicine. The original plan called for the publication of a work giving the overall picture of medicine's contribution to the war effort. This would have included volumes on medicine, surgery, pathology, treatṁent, the work of the civilian agencies, the Office of Civilian Defense, the Public Health Service, the nurses, industrial medicine, dentistry and similar subjects. Recently the Surgeon General of the United States Army decided to withdraw from participation in such a history; an official release pointed out that the Army Medical Department would prepare its