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June 26, 1937

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JAMA. 1937;108(26):2207. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260035015

COORDINATION OF ARMED AND CIVILIAN MEDICAL SERVICES  There seems at this time to be but little evidence that pacifism is gaining or that the campaign against wars is making appreciable progress throughout the world. It is more difficult, says Armstrong1 in a recent article on this subject, for the civilian physician than it is for a member of the naval or military medical services to contemplate war. If war does come, medicine or the lack of it will, as it always has, play an extremely important part in the outcome. In past centuries, indeed, the lack of adequate medical service has destroyed more armies than have been destroyed by armed forces. While in the last war this was no longer true, medical preparedness must recognize the fact that future wars will not be waged exactly like the last one. The element of surprise and the unpreparedness of the defender