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November 22, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(12):780-781. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890120034018

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MEETING OF MEDICAL CONSULTANTS  The Society of U. S. Medical Consultants of World War II, which met at Walter Reed General Hospital, November 5, was addressed by the Secretary of the Army. Secretary Royall stressed the need for coordination of the medical services of the armed forces. He believes that, by coordination, savings in both medical facilities and personnel can be effected.The Secretary paid tribute to the American medical profession and to American military medicine, terming them the best in the world. He pointed out that in World War I battle deaths were 16.4 per thousand troop strength, nonbattle deaths 17.9, deaths from disease 16.5 and deaths from wounds 4.4, while in World War II battle deaths were 9.7 per thousand troop strength, nonbattle deaths 2.9, deaths from disease 0.6 and deaths from wounds 1.1.Mr. Royall praised the Secretary's Medical Advisory Committee, now headed by Dr.

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