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FOREWORD

The ability of the Army Medical Service to react quickly in cases of extreme international emergencies was graphically illustrated during the Dominican Republic crisis of 1965. The sudden commitment of a large force to counter a threatened Communist takeover brought with it a number of medical problems. The solutions to these problems again demonstrated the need for continued emphasis on sound planning and constant readiness, in order that the Army Medical Service mission of conserving the fighting strength can be accomplished with a minimum of difficulty.

 The medical situation in the Dominican Republic was noteworthy in many respects, especially in the extensive and highly successful phase of civilian care, which offered immediate and effective treatment to more than 50,000 Dominicans in dire need of expert medical care. Medical personnel, too, gained significantly from the realistic training opportunities created during this critical operation.

 The success of our medical mission must be measured by more than the lives saved and the treatment provided. The lessons learned from this experience will be beneficial in future planning when similar contingencies are encountered.

LEONARD D. HEATON,
Lieutenant General,
The Surgeon General.

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