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March 31, 1951


Author Affiliations

U. S. N.

General Inspector, Medical Department Activities, Navy Department.

JAMA. 1951;145(13):972-974. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920310028007

When this meeting was scheduled, the newly lighted fires of another war were not foreseen. Korea to the average American was merely a piece of territory jutting out from the Asiatic mainland into the sea. It did not have much world significance to the man in the street. Informed citizens knew it as a recently established republic—a free nation with membership in the Security Council of the United Nations. It was certainly not perceived to be an international battlefield. There was no readiness for war on the part of the attacked or of their freedom-loving friends in the family of nations.

The world is shaken by this unexpected and shocking event. It exemplifies what can happen anywhere in the world, with even more wholesale destruction, when a nation has not made adequate preparation. The beginning of a world holocaust may well be in the making. Unpreparedness intensifies the possible magnitude

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