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September 12, 1959


Author Affiliations

Orlando, Fla.

President-elect, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1959;171(2):190. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73010200013014a

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It is an honor to represent the American Medical Association in welcoming you and extending best wishes for a successful conference. Today's conference is the seventh national medical civil defense program which has been sponsored by the Association through its Council on National Defense. In fact, the Council has been actively engaged in the field of medical preparedness for disaster nearly 14 years. Many of us in the medical profession have become increasingly concerned with our nonmilitary defense posture. We individually and collectively have a tremendous role and responsibility in civil defense affairs.

The Association recently completed a special study and report dealing with medical civil defense problems for the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization (OCDM). Under the terms of the contract the Association was requested to develop criteria for the provision of medical care for the surviving population—casualty and noncasualty—in the event of an enemy attack on this

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