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Acknowledgments

    The preparation of a comprehensive volume such as this requires the labor, cooperation, and assistance of many persons other than the authors. We are happy to acknowledge our debt to them.

    The epidemiologic studies on cold trauma in the European Theater of Operations during World War II were made by Col. John E. Gordon, MC, formerly Chief, Preventive Medicine Division, Office of the Chief Surgeon, European Theater of Operations, and now Professor of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Harvard University. Colonel Gordon also gave indispensable advice and assistance in the final epidemiologic evaluations.

    The chapter on cold injury in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations is based almost entirely on the special reports made during the war by Col. Fiorindo A. Simeone, MC, now Professor of Surgery, Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The discussions of therapy in the Mediterranean theater are derived from the same reports.

    Similarly, the clinical discussions of trenchfoot in the Zone of Interior, including therapy, were derived from special reports prepared by Lt. Col. Harris B. Shumacker, MC, formerly Chief of Surgery, Mayo General Hospital, now Professor of Surgery, Indiana University Medical Center.

    Much of the information concerning the activities of the Medical Department in the Pacific theaters of operations was provided by Col. I. Ridgeway Trimble, MC, formerly Consultant in Surgery, Southwest Pacific Area, now Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Simeone, Dr. Shumacker, and Dr. Trimble have contributed materially to this volume and have also checked and rechecked the chapters dealing with their wartime fields of activity. Their assistance and cooperation are gratefully acknowledged.

    Mrs. Josephine P. Kyle and her staff in the Historical Unit, United States Army Medical Service, provided material from the historical file and checked and corroborated data obtained from other sources.

    Miss Zelma E. MeIlvain, Historian, the Historical Unit, United States Army Medical Service, collected and abstracted most of the material for the chapter on cold injury in the European Theater of Operations. She also collected and abstracted some of the material used in the chapters on cold injury in the Aleutian Islands, the Mediterranean 'Theater of Operations, and the Pacific theaters.

    Mr. E. L. Hamilton and his staff, Medical Statistics Division, Office of the Surgeon General, furnished valuable statistical data, checked and revised tables and graphs, and advised on methods of statistical analysis and presentation.


    Mr. McDonald Smith, under the direction of Mr. Herman Van Cott, Chief, Medical Illustration Service, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, prepared the very excellent layouts for the illustrations in this volume and supervised the artwork and the preparation of the illustrations for printing.

    We are also appreciative of the help and cooperation we have had from Col. John Boyd Coates, Jr., MC, USA, Director of the Historical Unit, United States Army Medical Service. He has read the entire volume critically several times and, from his personal experience with cold injury in the European theater, has corrected errors and supplied many details of interest and value which had not come to our attention. His contribution to this volume has gone considerably beyond the ordinary editorial function.

    Finally, grateful and lasting appreciation is expressed to Miss Elizabeth M. McFetridge, who, as associate editor of this volume, not only put together, with uncommon skill, the manuscripts, notes, and thoughts of the authors but also at times served as adviser, arbiter, and peacemaker, and always as a treasured and trusted friend.

TOM F. WHAYNE,
Colonel, MC, USA (Ret.).

MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY, M. D.