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August 18, 1945

MEDICINE AND THE WAR

JAMA. 1945;128(16):1170-1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860330038016

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Abstract

TRANSPORTABLE SICK AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS HOME FROM EUROPE  The War Department recently announced that the Army's plan for bringing all transportable sick and wounded soldiers home from Europe within ninety days after V-E day will be completed according to schedule. To achieve this ninety-day goal army authorities put on such pressure, beginning with V-E day, that the major portion of the task was done within sixty days. This is in sharp contrast to the procedure in the first world war, when American sick and wounded soldiers remained overseas about a year.In May there were more than 43,000 soldiers brought home from the European theaters, practically all after May 8, or V-E day. With approximately 14,000 who came into West Coast hospitals, this brought the May total to an all time high of approximately 57,0C0 who were evacuated. The figure for evacuees from Europe dropped the next

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