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May 10, 1952


JAMA. 1952;149(2):171-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190073018

MEDICAL AID IN THE MISSOURI FLOOD AREAS  Stories of heroism and sacrifice are emerging from the muddy floodwaters of the mighty Missouri River, which surged through the Dakotas, Iowa, and Nebraska, leaving 2 million acres of farmland inundated, 130,000 persons homeless, and damage in excess of 2 million dollars. The little-told story of the part that physicians and nurses played all along the 1,000-mile front during the past few weeks is one of the bright chapters in American medicine.James F. Mulqueen, mayor of Council Bluffs, Iowa, where almost the entire population of 45,000 joined with thousands of Army troops and National Guardsmen in a feverish, successful fight against the flood waters, expressed "grateful thanks to the doctors and nurses who gave aid to the sick and injured." Dr. Raymond F. Barnes, medical director for the midwestern area of the American Red Cross, said "the glorious job done by doctors

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