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July 14, 1917


Author Affiliations

Colonel, Army Medical Service ENGLAND

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(2):119-121. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910290001013

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Since coming to the United States some two months ago, I have been asked numerous questions with regard to the conditions of warfare on the Western front, the nature of medical work, the necessity for medical men, etc. Some of the senior medical men in this country have suggested to me that I should write a short article for The Journal, giving information on the foregoing points; it is very difficult — if not impossible — to realize fully the strenuous and difficult conditions of modern warfare when one is far removed from the area of conflict, and it is consequently no matter for wonderment that a considerable amount of misconception exists with regard to the present campaign.

ORGANIZATION  The system in the British army for the collection and evacuation of the wounded from the front line to the base hospitals is briefly as follows:With each battalion of infantry,

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