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May 5, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(1):30-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860180032011

The American-British commission after its visit to the Soviet Union eighteen months ago commented that, on the whole, the Russian surgeons were abreast of the times. Our surgeons did not approve of everything they saw but felt that, as Sir Ernest Rock Carling put it, "the Russian soldier was safe in the hands of the Russian surgeons." During the first year of the present war the medical corps of the Soviet Union returned to the front lines 72 per cent of the wounded. By the end of the second year the number of wounded restored to active duty was 73.3 per cent. To this record is added the fact that the Red Army was entirely free from epidemic diseases.

Russia's authority on military medicine of the past century, Pirogov, stressed that good results in field surgery depend primarily on the correct solution of administrative and medical supply problems in the