Medicine: A Cold Sweat

A.M.A. delegates heard blunt words from an outspoken Navy surgeon recently returned from Korea. There, said Captain Eugene R. Hering, "Our woeful lack of military surgeons has again been demonstrated . . . Our greatest weakness [is] the lack of medical officers who are psychologically prepared, physically toughened, professionally capable and sufficiently aware of the military aspect of any given campaign."

As an example of what doctors must face in war, Captain Hering cited the fighting withdrawal of the 1st Marine Division, with which he was serving as division surgeon, from the Changjin Reservoir to Hungnam last December. The conditions: "Thirty degrees...

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