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March 1957

Preventive Medicine in World War II. Vol. III. Personal Health Measures and Immunization.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(3):496-497. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260030178028

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Some of us thought we were lucky to be in the Medical Corps during World War II. Many others thought they were unfortunate. A few were downright paranoid about it. Those not in uniform fell into the same groups but not in the same proportions. Some guilt feelings were manifest. A few of us will recall a time when enthusiasm had not been dampened by the blasé attitude which settles over us with the tightening of joints, the hardening of lenses, and the sclerosis of ideas. It was a period whose saving grace for young physicians in the Armed Forces was a byproduct of modern research in clinical medicine, applied physiology, environmental and preventive medicine, as well as the more spectacular fields of surgery. Here, for the first time, with inspiration born of urgency, the main body of clinical research in America and elsewhere was turned to a comprehensive exploration

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