Medicine: Prepare for the Worst

Few U.S. doctors have had the chance to study the impact of war upon a civilian population. Boston's Orthopedist Charles H. Bradford, one of the few, went to Britain early in 1940 to help with blitzkrieg casualties. Lately he has plugged hard for an adequate medical defense plan in Massachusetts. Last week, warning the U.S. to prepare for the worst, Dr. Bradford urged an immediate overhaul of the Armed Forces' overlapping medical services.

"In future warfare," wrote Dr. Bradford in the New England Journal of Medicine, "there is likely to be no combat zone of any magnitude except for civilian target areas...

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