Army Air Forces Medical Services in World War II (U.S. Army by James S. Nanney

By James S. Nanney

Usa military Air Forces in international struggle 2. Summarizes the military Air Forces (AAF) clinical achievements that resulted in the construction of the Air strength clinical carrier in July 1949.

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The overcrowded hospital run by the AGF nearby was able to handle only critical AAF patients. The hospital’s surgeon and even the Army Surgeon General agreed to permit a pooled AAF facility at West Field. About the same time, the Army agreed to a similar arrangement for a 150-bed hospital in Hawaii. Despite these administrative problems, the war in the Pacific taught the AAF much about medical practice in the tropics. Casualties from disease were much higher than in Europe. Mosquito-borne diseases, particularly malaria, were the greatest single cause of workdays lost to the air forces.

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The theater SOS continued to administer and control both of these 2,000-bed facilities. Although valuable to the air forces, these two hospitals could not have handled all AAF inpatients in the Pacific theater, if it had been possible to transport them there. The Army also assisted in several experiments for tracking AAF patients through the theater SOS hospital system, but none of the experiments worked well. The B–29 bombing campaign against Japan also produced a minor Army concession to AAF needs.

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