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May 25, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(4):473-475. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040113024

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New Air Force Hospital in Libya.—  The new air-conditioned 150-bed U. S. Air Force Hospital, recently dedicated at Wheelus Air Base near Tripoli, Libya, has five wards, an administrative wing, and outpatient, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, and physical therapy departments. The hospital is capable of providing complete services to military personnel and dependents in the area, with the exception of orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, and ophthalmology; however, these services are covered by consultants from the 7100th U. S. A. F. Hospital in Germany. The new hospital is tied in with a widespread air evacuation system and will serve members of the armed services and their families from Morocco to the Burma border. The hospital is authorized 52 officers, 128 airmen, 4 Air Force civilians, and 34 native positions. Functioning as an area hospital in support of medical installations in Greece, Turkey, Crete, and Saudi Arabia, it will provide hospitalization or

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