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November 24, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(13):1242. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970300042016

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With tension rising and spreading in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the sadly neglected concept "civil defense" cannot be pushed aside in the United States. Again, the nation's physicians are in the forefront of a continuing civil defense effort, keeping pace with new developments in nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare in order that they may better serve their community and nation in case of attack.

The degree to which civil defense also is a personal matter to physicians is shown repeatedly in each year's hurricanes, floods, fires, and tornadoes-natural disasters wherein the death toll is sharply reduced only when local medical societies act on their civil defense blueprints.

Latest developments to adjust those blueprints are revealed elsewhere in this issue (page 1237) from Washington, D. C., in "The Doctors Who Talk About War." It is a report of last month's meeting of federal representatives with the Civil Defense Committee

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