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An executive order was issued on September 19 setting up, with the approval of the President, under the Council of National Defense, a subordinate body to the council to be known as the Medical and Health Committee. The chairman of this organization is Dr. Irvin Abell, who is also chairman of the American Medical Association's Committee on Medical Preparedness. The order defining the establishment of the committee and its duties follows:
Pursuant to the authority vested in it by section 2 of the act of Aug. 29, 1916 (39 Stat. 649), the Council of National Defense, with the approval of the President, hereby establishes as a subordinate body to the council a committee to be known as the Health and Medical Committee. The committee shall consist of the following members: Dr. Irvin Abell, who shall be chairman, the Surgeon General of the Army, the Surgeon General of the Navy, the
THE COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS. JAMA. 1940;115(13):1102. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810390042012
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