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April 7, 1956

HOW PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE IS CARRYING OUT CIVIL DIFENSE RESPONSIBILITIES

JAMA. 1956;160(14):1209-1211. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960490023006
Abstract

• The new concepts of mass evacuation from critical target areas and of radioactive fall-out make it imperative that state plans be revised and broadened. The Public Health Service program stresses the provision of consultative services.

Three types of special civil defense training courses are contemplated. One will consist of fieldtraining courses primarily for chief operating personnel at state levels and key local sites and will include public health physicians. A second will train civil defense state and local basic public health operating personnel for the tasks that will arise at operating levels. The third will prepare key operating professional specialists from states and localities to meet the specialized public health problems created by the threat of radiological, biological, or chemical warfare.

Research projects are also being developed concerning the epidemiologiy related to such warfare and the disruption of normal sanitary practices by large-scale destruction and mass evacuation.

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