A year ago, when the Section on Military Medicine held its first meeting as an established section of the Scientific Assembly of the American Medical Association, the most significant presentation on the program was the address of the chairman. At that time Dr. Melvin Casberg clearly defined the term military medicine, and outlined the functions and purposes that this section should serve. He also traced the evolution, in the office of the Secretary of Defense, of the Armed Forces Medical Policy Council. This was a most important development as far as the medical profession was concerned, since it provided for the first time at that high level an agency for the general direction, coordination, and control of the medical services of the three military departments and for a practical approach to the common problems of military and civilian medicine. All future chairmen of this section are indebted to Dr. Casberg
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