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January 24, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(4):271. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890210055014

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BOARD TO STUDY UNIFICATION OF MEDICAL SERVICES  Secretary of Defense James Forrestal has listed some of the problems which he desires to have considered by the recently appointed Committee on Medical and Hospital Services of the Armed Forces. Dr. Paul R. Hawley, formerly chief medical director of the Veterans Administration, is chairman of the committee; the Surgeons General of the Army and Navy and the Air Surgeon are the other members. Rear Admiral Joel T. Boone (MC), U.S.N., inspector, medical activities, Pacific Coast, has been called to Washington to act as executive secretary of the committee. In general, the Secretary of Defense desires a thorough, objective and impartial study of the medical services of the Armed Forces with a view to obtaining, at the earliest possible date, the maximum degree of coordination, efficiency and economy in the operation of these services. The list, Mr.