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October 28, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(9):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090043018

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Medical Care of Soldiers in Korea  Returning from a three week tour of the Far Eastern Command, Army Surgeon General R. W. Bliss reports that medical care of American fighting men is the best ever achieved. After visiting all Army hospitals in Korea and Japan, he said the percentage of wounded who returned to the front would probably exceed that of World War II, when three out of every four men went back on active duty. In one evacuation hospital, in which 18,000 patient had been treated in three months, only 40 deaths were reported, while in forward area hospitals deaths averaged about 1 in 100.Reporting on disease control in Korea, General Bliss emphasized that the peak of the fighting in Korea had been during the malaria season, but reports of cases of that disease were very low. There were no cases of smallpox, tetanus, cholera or

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