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December 15, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(16):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970330064026

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To the Editor:—  Concerning the editorial "The Physician and Disaster" in the Nov. 3, 1956, issue of The Journal, page 977, I agree that local planning for disaster is the logical beginning. Coordination can then be achieved with state and region, rather than attempting to accomplish this from "above" or at national level. In Tulsa, Okla., each physician has a disaster assignment in the form of a certificate that he has received by mail, signed by the president of the county medical society and the civil defense medical director. Assignments were made for hospital duties, auxiliary hospital duties (in high schools), and field aid stations. There are no conflicting assignments. In this manner it is hoped that knowledge of a disaster situation will automatically cause each physician to proceed to his regular post of duty without undergoing the preliminary period of confusion that otherwise might ensue.

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