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October 20, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(8):762. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670250054016

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Last week the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States returned to Chicago, their birthplace, for their 58th annual convention. Last year the meeting was held in New York, next year it will be in New Orleans. The Chicago meeting was well organized and well attended. The scientific program brought before the assembly the Surgeon Generals or their representatives, the chief medical officer of the Veterans Administration, officers recently returned from Korea, and a number of authoritative speakers from civilian life. Emphasis was placed on the outstanding and, in some ways, unprecedented record of medical achievement in the difficult Korean situation. The Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Command, General Ridgway, briefly summed up this achievement in a letter to the Surgeon General of the Army, in which he said, "The death rate in our hospitals is by far the lowest ever known in war. Our medical soldiers have gallantly,

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