Medicine: Bombs and Bandages

Civilian casualties from air raids present a gruesome but not a professionally difficult problem to medicine. Nowadays medical treatment for civilians in wartime is primarily a problem in organization, and to doctors air raids mean nothing more than a monstrous epidemic of chest, neck and skull wounds, of broken arms, legs and backs. Furthermore, while an ordinary epidemic catches doctors unawares, this era's doctors have had plenty of time to prepare for war.

Last week, as the first bombs bit into Warsaw pavements, Polish doctors had made no plans for the epidemic of...

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