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November 13, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(11):1104-1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950110066026

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To the Editor:—  It seems that in the closing days of World War II and immediately after its end the major effort expended was to convict war criminals of atrocities and not to collect valuable scientific data. Captured documents were divided among the three major powers of the victorious side; the thousands of tons of documents that arrived in the United States were, to a great extent, forgotten. These documents contained extremely valuable data in certain fields of science in which the Germans were more advanced than we, especially hypothermia (Alexander, L.: Report to Combined Intelligence Objective Sub-Committee of the Armed Forces Concerning the Treatment of Shock Due to Prolonged Exposure to Cold). Many scientific workers with first-hand knowledge of these experiments may reveal further information, some of which is now probably known to only the Russians. The Nazis began experiments on the effects of cooling on human beings in

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