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April 11, 1959

History of the Second World War: United Kingdom Medical Series

JAMA. 1959;169(15):1808-1809. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000320110032

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This is the third and final volume of the Royal Air Force portion of the medical history of World War II. The volume consists of 721 pages, containing discussions of the principal campaigns in which the Royal Air Force participated. There are 67 plates, 58 maps, and 37 figures. The medical activities of the RAF are covered in 11 campaigns, extending geographically from the equator to the Arctic Circle. Medical conditions varied greatly, as one would expect, the problems of northern Russia being far different from those of equatorial Africa.

The plans made for continental Europe in 1939 had to be discarded after the destruction of the entire Polish Air Force in the first 48 hours of the invasion of Poland, and it became necessary to disperse all units. At times air squadrons were split up between air fields 30 miles apart, making executive and medical administration difficult. In addition,

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