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MEDICAL DEPARTMENT
UNITED STATES ARMY
IN WORLD WAR II

MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, UNITED STATES ARMY
MEDICAL TRAINING IN WORLD WAR II

Prepared and published under the direction of
Lieutenant General Richard R. Taylor
The Surgeon General, United States Army

Editor in Chief
Colonel William S. Mullins, MSC, USA

Editor for Medical Training
Captain Robert J. Parks, MSC, AUS

OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, D.C., 1974

MEDICAL TRAINING IN WORLD WAR II

Advisory Editorial Board
Major General THOMAS J. HARTFORD, MC, USA (Ret.), Chairman
Major General GEORGE E. ARMSTRONG, MC, USA (Ret.)
Major General WILLIAM E. SHAMBORA, MC, USA (Ret.)
Major General BYRON L. STEGER, MC, USA (Ret.)
Major General FLOYD L. WERGELAND, MC, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General GEORGE R. CALLENDER, MC, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General L. HOLMES GINN, MC, USA (Ret.)
Colonel ROBERT E. PEYTON, MC, USA (Ret.)
Colonel JOSEPH U. WEAVER, MC, USA (Ret.)
Colonel RAYMOND E. DUKE, MC, USA (Ret.)
Colonel FLOYD W. BAKER, MC, USA (ex officio)
Colonel WILLIAM S. MULLINS, MSC, USA (ex officio)

The Historical Unit, United States Army Medical Department

Colonel WILLIAM S. MULLINS, MSC, USA, Director
CHARLES J. SIMPSON, Executive Officer
HAZEL G. HINE, Chief, Administrative Branch
ERNEST ELLIOTT, JR., Chief, Editorial Branch
RODERICK M. ENGERT, Chief, General Reference and Research Branch
ROSE C. ENGELMAN, Ph. D., Chief, Historians Branch
GERALDINE B. SITES, Chief, Information Activities Branch

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 73-600173

 


Contents

FOREWORD

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I. Preparations for World War II

    Training Between the Wars
    Preparations for War

II. Medical, Dental, Veterinary, and Sanitary Corps Officers

    Period of Flux: 1939-41
    The War Years: 1941-45
    The Army Specialized Training Program
    Educational Techniques and Problems

III. The Medical Administrative Corps

    Officer Candidate Schools
    Advanced Training

IV. The Army Nurse Corps

    Prewar Programs
    Basic Military Training
    Chief Nurses
    Nurse Anesthetists
    Neuropsychiatric Nursing
    Operating Room Nurses
    Fever Therapy Nurses
    Flight Nurses
    The Senior Cadet Nurse Corps

V. Dietitians, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists

    Basic Military Orientation for Newly Appointed Personnel
    Professional Training Programs
    Acceleration and Emergency Training Plans
    Appointments, Classifications, and Salaries of Trainees
    Training Performance Reports
    Maintenance of Educational and Professional Standards
    Schools and Hospitals Conducting Training Courses for the Army
    Results of Emergency Training Programs
    Training Enlisted Physical Therapy Technicians
    Course for Occupational Therapy Assistants

VI. Medical Replacement Training Centers

    Training Centers
    Mobilization Training Programs
    Training Programs for Army Air Forces Enlisted Personnel
    Output of Medical Replacement Training Centers
    Training Procedures
    Cadre and Staff Training

VII. Enlisted Technicians

    Prewar Expansion
    Wartime Expansion
    Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools
    Program Guides
    Technical Training
    Enlisted Women
    Educational Techniques and Problems
    Selection, Quality, and Disposition of Trainees

VIII. Medical Department Field Units

    Command and Staff Responsibility for Training Medical Department Units
    The Army Service Forces Unit Activation and Training Systems
    Army Air Forces Systems
    Army Ground Forces Systems
    Program Guides and Training Literature
    Personnel and Equipment

Illustrations

1 Carlisle Barracks, Pa., home of the Medical Field Service School
2 Members of the 1st Medical Regiment, Medical Field Service School, load simulated patients on an ambulance
3 Four-mule ambulances, Medical Field Service School
4 Army School of Malariology, Fort Clayton, C.Z
5 Class in antimechanized defense, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1943
6 Officer candidates participate in preventive maintenance, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1943
7 Class in identification of chemical warfare agents, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1943
8 Activities at officer candidate school, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1944
9 Portable public address system, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1943
10 Miniature battlefield, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1943
11 Sanitary demonstration area, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1943
12 Army nurses in training, Camp McCoy, Wis
13 Army nurses in training, Camp McCoy, Wis
14 Senior cadet nurses in training
15 Student dietitian discussing recipe with head cook
16 Enlisted student physical therapist, Fort Huachuca Station Hospital, Ariz
17 Apprentice physical therapists, Fletcher General Hospital, Cambridge, Ohio
18 Classes for occupational therapy apprentices, Battey General Hospital, Rome, Ga
19 Trainees from Camp Lee, Va., marching to Camp Pickett, Va
20 Tent housing used at Camp Pickett, Va
21 Troops at the Camp Pickett, Va., stadium on Memorial Day
22 Camp Barkeley, Tex., December 1941
23 Hutments used to house trainees at Camp Barkeley, Tex
24 Open-air classrooms, Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark
25 Trainees set up and operate an aid station, Camp Grant, Ill
26 Class for clerk-typists, Camp Pickett, Va
27 A class for motor mechanics, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1943
28 Unrated surgical technicians, Fort Lewis, Wash., 1944
29 Trainees negotiating obstacle course, Camp Pickett, Va
30 Trainees at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark., learn to evacuate wounded men from tanks (2nd photo)
31 A Medical Corps officer instructs in anatomy at Brooke General Hospital, 1942
32 Surgical Technicians, Letterman General Hospital, view a demonstration of operating room techniques
33 Dental technicians study full dentures
34 Class in dental hygiene and prophylaxis
35 Practical training in the laboratory
36 Instruction in darkroom technique
37 A Veterinary Corps officer instructs a class at the Army Veterinary School, Army Medical Center
38 Technician practicing use of portable optical equipment
39 Laboratory procedures
40 School of Aviation Medicine building, Randolph Field, Tex
41 Medical Department officers attend courses at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kans

Tables

1 Approximate strength of peacetime components of the U.S. Army Medical Department, 1939
2 Summary of Army Specialized Training Program demands, by arms and services, January 1943-July 1944
3 The Army Specialized Training Program: Students of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine assigned, separated, discharged, and transferred through curtailment of the program
4 Average monthly cost of professional training per trainee
5 Number of enrollees and graduates, MAC officer candidate schools, by month, July 1941-October 1945
6 Attrition rates of trainees for Officer Candidate Schools, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1944
7 Attrition rates of trainees for Officer Candidate Schools, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1944
8 Number and percentage of candidates who enrolled, and graduated or who failed to complete the MAC Officer Candidate Course, Camp Barkeley, Tex., classes 1-40, inclusive, by Army component, age, race, source, and education
9 Basic training centers for Army nurses
10 Output of Medical Replacement Training Centers, 1942-45
11 Capacity of Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools, 1 July 1941
12 Capacity of Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools, 1 July 1942
13 Capacity of Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools, 1 July 1943
14 Annual capacity, Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools, 1942 and 1943
15 Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools operated during World War II
16 Women's Army Corps technicians trained in Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools, 1 July 1943-30 June 1944
17 Enlisted women trained in Medical Department Enlisted Technicians Schools, 1 July 1944-30 June 1945

Charts

1 Organization of the Medical Administrative Corps Officer Candidate School, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1942
2 Organization of the Medical Administrative Corps Officer Candidate School, Camp Barkeley, Tex., 1942-43
3 Periods of training, Medical Replacement Training Centers, 1941-46
4 Length of training cycles, Medical Replacement Training Centers, 1940-46
5 Typical organization of a Medical Department Enlisted Technicians School, 1944

 


MEDICAL TRAINING IN WORLD WAR II
by
Captain ROBERT J. PARKS, MSC, AUS
MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, UNITED STATES ARMY

The volumes comprising the official history of the Medical Department of the United States Army in World War II are prepared by The Historical Unit, U.S. Army Medical Department, and published under the direction of The Surgeon General, U.S. Army. These volumes are divided into two series: (1) The administrative or operational series; and (2) the professional, or clinical and technical, series. This is one of the volumes published in the former series.

VOLUMES PUBLISHED

ADMINISTRATIVE SERIES

Hospitalization and Evacuation, Zone of Interior
Medical Service in the Mediterranean and Minor Theaters
Medical Supply in World War II
Organization and Administration in World War II
Personnel in World War II

CLINICAL SERIES

Internal Medicine in World War II:

    Vol. I. Activities of Medical Consultants
    Vol. II. Infectious Diseases
    Vol. III. Infectious Diseases and General Medicine

Neuropsychiatry in World War II:

    Vol. I. Zone of Interior

Preventive Medicine in World War II:

    Vol. II. Environmental Hygiene
    Vol. III. Personal Health Measures and Immunization
    Vol. IV. Communicable Diseases Transmitted Chiefly Through Respiratory and Alimentary Tracts
    Vol. V. Communicable Diseases Transmitted Through Contact or by Unknown Means
    Vol. VI. Communicable Diseases: Malaria
    Vol. VII. Communicable Diseases: Arthropodborne Diseases Other Than Malaria
    Vol. IX. Special Fields

Surgery in World War II:

    Activities of Surgical Consultants, vol. I
    Activities of Surgical Consultants, vol. II
    General Surgery, vol. II
    Hand Surgery
    Neurosurgery, vol. I
    Neurosurgery, vol. II
    Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
    Orthopedic Surgery in the European Theater of Operations
    Orthopedic Surgery in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations
    Orthopedic Surgery in the Zone of Interior
    The Physiologic Effects of Wounds
    Thoracic Surgery, vol. I
    Thoracic Surgery, vol. II
    Vascular Surgery

Miscellaneous:

    Blood Program in World War II
    Cold Injury, Ground Type
    Dental Service in World War II
    Physical Standards in World War II
    Radiology in World War II
    Veterinary Service in World War II
    Wound Ballistics