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SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
INTEGRATION OF PANAMA CANAL ZONE HOSPITAL SERVICES
On recommendation of the Committee on Medical and Hospital Services of the Armed Forces, Secretary of Defense James Forrestal has approved integration of National Military Establishment hospital and medical services in the Panama Canal Zone area. By this action, hospitalization of the personnel of all three services on the Atlantic side of the Canal Zone is assigned to the Navy, while on the Pacific side hospitalization for all three services is assigned to the Army. One of the two hospitals heretofore maintained by the Army for its military personnel will be closed, together with one of three now caring for civilians employed on the Canal. Better common use of the medical staffs of the three services also will be made by establishing a Panama Area Joint Medical Advisory Committee composed of representatives of the three armed
GOVERNMENT SERVICES. JAMA. 1948;137(16):1471–1472. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500119014