Medicine: Jungle Hospital

First open-air base hospital in U.S. history since the Civil War is the 2,900-bed unit established last month at Bataan by Colonel Carlton Lakey Vanderboget of Fort Missoula, Mont, and run by Colonel James W. Duckworth of Martinsville. Ind. The story is told in LIFE this week by TIME Correspondent Melville Jacoby—how workmen bulldozed a road through miles of jungle while bombers attacked them, how engineers set up light plants, built water chlorinators, even changed the course of a river which ran through one hospital site. Highlights:

In the open-air wards of Bataan Hospital lie U.S. and Filipino soldiers, women, children, Japanese...

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