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November 7, 1959

Medical Department, United States Army. Cold Injury, Ground Type

JAMA. 1959;171(10):1435-1436. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010280159036

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This book, one of the volumes which comprise the official history of the medical department of the United States Army in World War II, is essentially a history of the experience with cold injuries encountered in the various theaters of operations. There is little doubt that the statement in the foreword "that this is the most comprehensive volume on the ground type of cold injury that has ever been published" is correct. The further statement that, if the experience here recorded is given due consideration there should be no similar experience in future wars, seems equally well-founded. The book is beautifully illustrated and written in a most interesting manner. The reader will be staggered at the magnitude of disability caused by cold injury during World War II, and at the multiple problems of supply of clothing and distribution of information which led to the development of this experience. No attempt

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