Medicine: Beaumont Devastated

Outside a furniture warehouse that was being used as a sorting station for casualties in Beaumont, Texas, the "wounded" were lying on litters in the street. There was row upon row of forms splattered with red paint, wearing torn and dirty old clothes. Word came that the disaster hospital, set up in an elementary school ten blocks away, was ready. Volunteer bearers lifted a litter. "Hey, what you got?" asked one of the cases. "Both legs blown off!" was the grinning reply.

Beaumont (pop. 60,000) and Houston (pop. 385,000) were giving the biggest practical test to date of an idea which so...

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