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September 12, 1959


Author Affiliations

U. S. Army

Surgeon General, Department of the Army, Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1959;171(2):190-191. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73010200013014b

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As surgeon general I am delighted to respond to the request of the Council on National Defense of the American Medical Association for the Army Medical Service to present the scientific program for your section this year. The speakers and presentations which you will hear today are representative of the two courses on mass casualties which are given at the Army Medical Service School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. You will recognize each of the speakers as an expert in his field, and we believe their data to be the finest in the world on the subject of the management of multiple casualties in order to obtain the maximum survival rate with the facilities at hand.

The management of multiple casualties requires, first of all, a plan—a plan based on experience and knowledge. I recall my own experience at Pearl Harbor

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