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Appendix B

Contents

APPENDIX B

Summary of Functions of Divisions, European Theater
Surgeon's Office, 1 May 1945

Administrative Division:

    Prepares official documents.
    Controls administrative activities.

Operations Division:

    Projects theater requirements for hospitalization and evacuation based on present and past casualty experience data.
    Prepares and coordinates medical planning for the chief surgeon based on command decisions.
    Plans and implements communications zone medical operations.
    Procures and controls the flow of medical units to the theater.
    Allocates medical units to field forces, air forces, and the communications zone.
    Exercises technical supervision and control of evacuation operations.
    Maintains liaison with appropriate agencies for rail, sea, and air evacuation.
    Analyzes tables of organization and equipment based on experiences of medical units in this theater.
    Promulgates directives establishing theater training policies for medical units.
    Supervises Medical Department technical training within the theater.
    Collects, evaluates, and disseminates intelligence of a medicomilitary nature.

Supply Division:

    Formulates supply and fiscal policies and plans.
    Maintains fiscal and reciprocal aid accounts.
    Determines theater requirements for medical supplies.
    Controls procurement, storage, and issue.
    Maintains control stock records.

Preventive Medicine Division:

    Plans disease control program.
    Investigates outbreaks of communicable diseases.
    Initiates measures for venereal disease control.
    Assists in solution of problems of sanitation, nutrition, and insect control.
    Formulates policies and determines requirements for laboratory service.
    Develops plans for military occupational hygiene.
    Coordinates training, determines equipment requirements, and advises on treatment methods in chemical warfare medicine.

Professional Services Division:

    Reviews and standardizes procedures of treatment.
    Recommends assignment of specially trained medical personnel.
    Controls activities of medical and surgical consultants including personal consultation service.
    Cooperates and participates in professional educational programs.
    Supervises essential researches in military medicine and surgery.
    Determines physical standards in the ETO.

Personnel Division:

    Formulates personnel policies.
    Effects personnel adjustments between base sections and major commands.
    Reviews assignments, promotions, reclassifications, and recommendations for awards.
    Conducts personnel activities for the office of the chief surgeon.

Hospitalization Division:

    Maintains liaison with engineers and G-4 in determining construction policies.
    Coordinates fixed hospital bed requirements with Operations Division.
    Develops construction design for fixed Medical Department installations.
    Develops plans for physical facilities of fixed hospitals.
    Acquires sites and approves plans for fixed treatment facilities.
    Initiates and conducts special investigations and inspections pertaining to hospital administration and construction.
    Controls hospitalization policies and technical operations (less professional services).
    Audits hospital funds.

Dental Division:

    Develops policies for dental services.
    Prepares estimates for future requirements.
    Evaluates dental activity.
    Processes reports, returns, and records.

Veterinary Division:

    Inspects animal food products, sources, transport, and storage.
    Cooperates with other veterinary and food inspection agencies.
    Develops plans and policies for veterinary service.
    Estimates future requirements.
    Evaluates training program.
    Supervises professional care of public animals and their environmental sanitation.

Nursing Division:

    Develops nursing policies.
    Reviews nursing procedures.
    Plans training programs.
    Recommends assignments of nursing personnel.
    Reviews recommendations for promotion of nurses.
    Maintains liaison with French and British nursing services.

Medical Records Division:

    Prepares reports and analyses of Medical Department experiences.
    Revises logistic data.
    Maintains current Medical Department indices.
    Processes and maintains files on material for machine tabulation.
    Prepares medical stock record reports.

Field Survey Division:

    Observes the medical service functioning in the field.
    Assists and advises field medical commanders concerning policies dictated by the chief surgeon or higher headquarters.
    Makes recommendations based on field survey which will improve the medical service.
    Conducts special investigations when directed by the chief surgeon.

Historical Division:

    Maintains liaison with historical section of ETOUSA and with other agencies.
    Collects and analyzes source material for medical history.
    Collects and prepares illustrative materials.
    Prepares preliminary historical account complete with documentation.
    Formulates policies for collection and compilation of historical records by lower echelons.
    Conducts public relations for medical service.

Rehabilitation Division:

    Directs and conducts research in rehabilitation procedures.
    Controls rehabilitation technical operations.
    Directs training of special personnel for the implementation of the rehabilitation program.
    Formulates rehabilitation policies.

Note.-A Gas Casualty Division existed in the theater surgeon's office from the spring of 1943 until early 1945. It determined treatment methods and equipment requirements for gas casualties, conducted research jointly with the Chemical Warfare Service of the American and British Armies, and prepared training directives.

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