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Providing medical care for the sick and injured in times of emergency is a dual responsibility for the doctor. While such action is implicit in his role as physician, he also has the personal responsibility— as has each member of the human community—to succor those of his fellows who may be in distress.
The medical challenge presented by an emergency is one that physicians have provided for in many ways. Individually, each has accepted calls from those in need—and medical societies, hospitals, and public safety officials have long maintained lists of doctors willing to reply to emergency calls. In rural areas, physicians have installed short-wave radios in their automobiles so that they can be summoned by peace officers if they are needed. And many county and state societies also boast disaster plans for mobilizing medical help for victims of catastrophe.
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EMERGENCY SERVICE BY AIR. JAMA. 1959;171(6):846. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010240214019
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