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The industrial physician occupies a key position in the civil defense preparations for the personnel of his company. On his shoulders rests the grave responsibility of planning for the emergency treatment of large numbers of casualties and their efficient evacuation from the plant. It must be anticipated that, with the possible exception of fire-fighting equipment and personnel, no immediate assistance can be expected from outside sources in event of enemy attack. The industrial physician must, therefore outline in advance a plan through which his plant can, as far as possible, become self-sufficient in the hours immediately following a major catastrophe. Since in any struck plant there will obviously be many more casualties than can be handled by the physician personally, it is essential that he build up a corps of assistants among the lay employees of the company and supervise their indoctrination in medical rescue work.
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Bresler RR. CIVIL DEFENSE PLANNING GUIDE FOR INDUSTRIAL PHYSICIANS. JAMA. 1955;158(5):390–395. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960050032008
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