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August 4, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(14):1032-1036. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860310046017

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)July 30, 1945.

One Hundred and Seventieth Birthday of the Army Medical Department  Instead of cutting a birthday cake, the Army unveiled some of the medical advances made during the war, when the 170th birthday of the Army Medical Department was observed at Walter Reed Hospital, with Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, and some 6,000 Washingtonians present. The new medical processes were described as methods which are enabling more wounded servicemen to be returned mentally and physically sound to their homes than in any previous war. Guests were escorted through typical wards and the artificial limb shops. Sir Alexander met some of the servicemen whose lives his discovery had saved, and he answered their questions regarding the drug. He also disclosed that penicillin will soon be mixed with a new ingredient which will permit the drug to remain longer in the body and

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