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October 1964

Surgery in World War II: vol 2. Activities of Surgical Consultants.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(4):587. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020587038

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This large volume, the 26th in the overall series of the History of the United States Army Medical Department in World War II, contains only a short chapter of 14 pages which relates to ophthalmology. This chapter, written by Dr. James N. Greear, Jr., discusses largely the organizational and administrative problems relating to the staffing of hospital centers, procurement and distribution of supplies and equipment, as well as a discussion of the virtues and defects of the consultant system as it was organized during the war. There are no comments of a clinical nature.

The remainder of the volume relates the problems facing the surgical specialties and particularly general surgery during World War II where civilian physicians were forced almost overnight to become experts in problems of military medicine. To anyone who served in the Army or Air Force during this period the volume is thoroughly entertaining reading.

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