In a discussion of the current status of the Army Medical Department, it is necessary to consider factors both within the department itself and at the level of the Secretary of Defense.
Several important steps have been taken since last year which have a direct bearing on the status of the Army Medical Department at the level of the Secretary of Defense. One of these has been the implementation of certain of the recommendations of the Committee on Medical and Hospital Services of the Armed Forces (known as the Hawley Board), whose principal function was the devising of ways and means of conserving medical manpower while still maintaining the standards of efficiency that are deemed necessary. One of the recommendations of this committee resulted in the closing of four Army general hospitals, the reduction of two others to station hospital status and the further reduction of forty-eight Army
ARMSTRONG GE. THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMYCurrent Status Report. JAMA. 1950;143(1):18–20. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.82910360001007
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