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June 23, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(25):1933-1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060341032

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To the Editor:  —The need for physicians in the allied armies is so great and the mortality so high, that the medical schools will be unable to turn out medical men fast enough to replace those that are being wounded or killed. If the war lasts for a considerable length of time we may be as depleted as the European countries are now. The high mortality is proof that physicians are being used for work that does not require fundamental and extensive medical training: work in which the product of the modern medical school is largely wasted. The recognition of these facts has been too long delayed, so that it is now time for action.What is needed is a large number of "emergency surgeons." When one considers the class of work done on the battlefield, where the fatality is greatest, one will realize that this requires physique and nerves;

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