Medicine: Medics in Arms

Last week, on its 175th birthday, the Medical Service of the U.S. Army was, in the words of Surgeon General Raymond W. Bliss, "in the most difficult place it has ever been in—Korea." Over the years, the Medical Service had grown mightily from a pipsqueak, penny-pinched outfit (five doctors for 20,000 men in 1775) into a veritable army of healers: 10,200 officers (doctors, dentists and nurses), some 25,000 enlisted Medical Corpsmen. But the nature of war and the hapless plight of the wounded, the agony of torn flesh and the superhuman burdens on...

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