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April 20, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(16):1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970510108016

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CIVIL DEFENSE RESEARCH PROJECT  The Board of Trustees recently authorized the A. M. A. Council on National Defense to go ahead with a research project proposed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration to study the best meth od of providing medical care to the surviving population—casualty and noncasualty—in the event of an enemy attack. Plans for such an exhaustive study are now under way, and Council Secretary Frank W. Barton estimates that the project will require 12 to 15 months to complete. The cost, estimated at $150,-000, will be financed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration.The Trustees looked with favor on the study because they felt that physicians would carry the primary burden and final responsibility for providing medical care for the American people in the event of a national emergency.In explaining the project to the Board, Mr. Barton said that a special committee, under the direction of

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