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July 9, 1955

History of the Second World War: United Kingdom Medical Series

JAMA. 1955;158(10):891. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960100089027

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Among the volumes of the official British Medical History of World War II, this book is volume 2 of the Civilian Health and Medical Services. It has four parts. Part 1 deals with the medical services of the colonies, part 2 with the medical services of the Ministry of Pensions, part 3 with the public health in Scotland, and part 4 with public health in Northern Ireland. Here are recorded the medical aspects of the siege of Malta, of the war in Hong Kong and Malaya, and of public health administration during the war in North Borneo, Ceylon, Cyprus, Palestine, and British Somaliland. Some optimism prevailed in Malta until Mussolini broadcast his declaration of war; then at 6 p. m., June 10, 1940, the medical and health office received the following signal "Get hospitals ready.—War is coming in six hours time." That same evening three omnibuses were sent around the

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