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Armies may successfully prosecute a war without a signal corps, without engineers, without artillery, aviation or cavalry—even without a finance department— but it is said that wars cannot be successfully conducted in the absence of a quartermasters' corps or a medical department. Wars have been lost because of failure of the latter to cope successfully with problems of health of the combatants, failure in transporting of medical supply or in evacuation or inability to combat infection. Until recent years more soldiers died as a result of disease incident to combat than as a result of enemy action.
This book consists of a collection of narratives related by fifteen authoritative medical leaders in the military and naval services and in other agencies responsible for the health of the military and civilian population in wartime. The editor, who in addition to his other duties is Chairman of the Committee on Information
Doctors at War. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(1):71. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510250076023
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