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February 6, 1991

The Medics' War: What Happened at Chipyong-ni

JAMA. 1991;265(5):596. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460050050016

To the Editor.—  "Physician bashing" has acquired a new dimension and an international aspect with the publication of The Medics' War.1 Page 141 states that because of a "deficiency in the... quality of" the "training" of the physicians who were present at the battle of Chipyong-ni, during the Korean Conflict it had been necessary for a sergeant to care for all of the wounded.This statement is false, as are others in the same paragraph. Eight well-trained and experienced French and US medical corps officers and over 100 other medical personnel of both armies treated the wounded at Chipyong-ni. The individual who is credited by Cowdrey with having done this submitted an immediate written denial of the author's statements once he became aware of them. There is no justification for these statements in the reference cited by the author as his authority for making them.2The battle at