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March 24, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(12):715-718. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860120031013

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THE ARMY'S RECONDITIONING PROGRAM  Soldiers recovering from battle wounds are making up credits toward obtaining high school and college diplomas while in convalescent hospitals, as part of the Army's reconditioning program. The curriculum offered by the program includes music, printing, automotive mechanics, business and army administration, electricity, photography, carpentry, pattern making, watch repairing, metal working, lettering and sign writing, welding, canvas and leather working and drafting. Patients are not held in army hospitals to complete any course of study. When they have reached the maximum benefit of hospitalization they are returned to duty.Wounded soldiers, now being evacuated from overseas at the rate of more than 33,000 a month, first are sent to one of sixty-four general hospitals best suited for the special type of treatment required. When a patient has recovered sufficiently and no longer requires daily ward care, he is removed to a convalescent hospital.


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