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The Medical Costs of the War in Vietnam

Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(4):630-632. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-74-4-630
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The traditional and time-honored role of the physician in time of war is to heal and comfort the wounded, to treat the sick, to prevent the occurrence and spread of disease, and to rehabilitate the victims of the war without regard to political allegiance or military versus civilian status. In the turmoil that was Vietnam and now is much of Southeast Asia, the medical profession has found it difficult to fulfill this role. Physicians and indeed all Americans, whatever their political opinions, need to inform themselves about the disastrous medical situation in these unhappy lands. In so assessing the medical


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