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July 14, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(11):1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970110060018

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To the Editor:—  The Medical Education for National Defense Committee of Georgetown University School of Medicine staged a mock disaster on April 25, 1956. The authorities of the University Hospital were forewarned that they would be confronted with an unknown but large number of casualties at some time during a specified two-week period. The sophomore medical students constituted the casualty list, numbering 97 in all. They were decorated with skin-marking pencils to depict their injuries, with use of a color scheme previously made known to the hospital staff. Two classes of students from the nursing school were utilized as anxious relatives of the injured. Each of these girls was given the name of a casualty and charged with the task of obtaining information about such matters as his condition and location. Half of these girls were instructed to phone the hospital, and half were dispatched directly to the hospital. Maintaining

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