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It is just make believe, this "war" in Europe last June, but to 40 physicians of the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society, meeting in a Lake Charles, La., restaurant, it might well be the start of World War III. They are getting ready in earnest for the fourth annual U. S. civil defense exercise—planning emergency procedures, reviewing assignments for the society's 98 members, and discussing aggressions of the paper enemy.
Already, the "enemy" is supposed to have invaded a friendly nation abroad. In three days, according to the exercise blueprint, the President will call Congress into session. On July 12, some 165 nuclear bombs would rain on key American targets, and tens of millions would die—all on paper. Of course it is not going to happen, but this night of Tuesday, June 25, is the last time for the medical society to plan its role in the test because the next
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