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November 27, 1972

Medical News

JAMA. 1972;222(9):1111-1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210090003002

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Military health authorities get set to welcome US prisoners  The American prisoners of war in Vietnam will be coming home quietly, without a lot of fanfare.It will be a few days—even a few weeks, depending upon their condition—before the men are reunited with their families after repatriation. Instead of coming directly home to an emotional reunion, most will be allowed a little time to become accustomed to freedom, to learn what has happened in the world outside the prison compounds, and to prepare to face families they have not seen for a long time.Unfortunate experiences after past wars suggest that this is both the humane and practical way to handle the homecoming, the Defense Department says.Richard S. Wilbur, MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense for health and environment, explained the extensive repatriation plans in an interview with associate editor Larry Boston. Some highlights:A man's journey home will be a three-step