Medicine: The Wounded

In Army hospitals across the U.S. last week were 7,000 or more men who had been gravely wounded in Korea. Only five years ago, many of them would have been lying under some far-away soil, with only a wooden marker to show that they had lost the last battle. Now, thanks to improvements in the art of medicine—and especially in the logistics of military medicine—nearly all would live. The death rate among the wounded in Korea, said Dr. Richard L. Meiling, the Department of Defense director of Medical Services, was the lowest in the...