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June 26, 1954

History of the Second World War: United Kingdom Medical Series.

JAMA. 1954;155(9):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690270067039

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This volume of the British medical history of World War II, pertaining to the Royal Naval Medical Services, covers the supply of medical equipment to the fleet, personnel problems, the activities of hospitals and hospital ships, the Navy's blood transfusion service, scientific research in marine medicine, and dental work of the Royal Navy. "Sick Berth Branch," which is that section of the medical branch of the Royal Navy devoted to nursing and medical administrative duties, had 327 of its members lose their lives during this war. The chapter on Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service states that 1,341 nursing sisters served in the Royal Navy during the war. In this group, marriage rather than sickness was the greatest cause of wastage. During the war 327 nursing sisters married and retired. This, the editor said, "is a tribute to the charm of the service as a whole." Deaths due to enemy

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