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Acknowledgments

Although this book is credited to a single author, it owes much to other persons, and it is a pleasure to acknowledge that debt:

It was my good fortune, during a large part of my wartime experience, to work with Capt. Lloyd R. Newhouser, MC, USN (Ret.), who was my opposite number in the Navy. I count myself equally fortunate in his having read this entire book. His familiarity with the blood-plasma program both in World War II and in the Korean War, enabled him to pick up errors which had been overlooked, add items which had been forgotten, and make many other helpful suggestions.

It was my similar good fortune to have Dr. Robert C. Hardin read the section dealing with the European theater. As Lieutenant Colonel Hardin, MC, he served as Transfusion Officer in that theater and directed the blood service in it. He clarified many points on which no written records existed, and of which I had no personal knowledge; corrected errors of fact and interpretation; and added a number of interesting and useful items. This is a better section because of his comments.

Col. R. L. Parker, MSC (Ret.), also read the section on the European theater. He had personally participated in the supply phase of the program in that theater, and, like Dr. Hardin, he performed a useful task of clarification, correction, and addition.

My grateful appreciation is due to a number of persons in The Historical Unit, U.S. Army Medical Service, beginning with the Director, Col. John Boyd Coates, Jr., MC, who is Editor in Chief of the history of the U.S. Army Medical Service in World War II. Colonel Coates read the entire manuscript and made many useful comments, particularly in the section on the European theater, of which he had personal knowledge from his service in it as Medical Executive Officer, Third U.S. Army.

The General Reference and Research Branch in that unit supplied much of the material on which this volume is based. The Assistant Chief of the branch, Mrs. Esther R. Rohlader, not only was largely responsible for producing this material but also performed the monotonous, time-consuming, often difficult, and always important task of tracking down the facts that invariably get away.

Maps were prepared by Miss Elizabeth P. Mason, Chief, Cartographic Section, and Miss Jean A. Saffran, Cartographic Draftsman, of the Special Projects Branch, The Historical Unit.

Mrs. Hazel G. Hine, Chief, Administrative Branch, The Historical Unit, supervised the final typing of the manuscript.

Mrs. Martha R. Stephens, Editor, of the Editorial Branch, The Historical Unit, performed the publication editing for the volume.

My grateful appreciation is due to Mrs. Ethel Bauer Ramond, who served as assistant to the Associate Editor and who typed the entire original manuscript with notable speed, accuracy, and real medical intelligence.

Finally, no expression of appreciation would be complete without grateful acknowledgment of the services of the Associate Editor, Miss Elizabeth M. McFetridge, for her untiring efforts in seeking out and compiling the information for this book and for organizing the text. Without the application of her vast experience in medical writing and editing, this volume would not have been possible. I want to express my thanks and appreciation to her for her invaluable services and, in particular, for her sympathetic understanding of the vagaries of medical editors and authors.

DOUGLAS B. KENDRICK,
Brigadier General, MC USA.

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