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Foreword

Contents

Foreword

This is the ninth volume in the Preventive Medicine series for World War II. Its pages unfold the story of the Army's public health responsibilities in many countries during a time of tremendous upheaval and destruction. Many of the contributing authors were directly involved in the health activities which add significant impact to their accounts.

The vastness and complexities of the problems which developed in this war were dimly perceived in the early planning of the American effort. The least understood of all problems was providing health services for civilian populations in occupied territories. Problems also encompassed the equally important concern for ecological factors and the total environment. Organizational misdirection, scarce resources, inadequate transportation, and the woefully small number of trained public health personnel available further aggravated the situation.

This volume reveals how a small scattering of AMEDD personnel coped with adversity and hardship in their efforts to care for the indigenous populations until their own government could once more become functional. No other military publication describes this aspect of World War II more vividly and comprehensively in telling the story as it was. The reader will be rewarded with a greater understanding of how lessons learned can be applied to present and future events.

RICHARD R. TAYLOR, M.D.
Lieutenant General, 
The Surgeon General.

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