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Annual Report the Surgeon General United States Army Fiscal Year 1959


The publication of two more volumes in fiscal year 1959 brought to 14 the number published on the history of the Army Medical Department in World War II. Thirteen of these have come off the press since 1955. Another volume was in press at the end of the fiscal year, 4 more were nearing completion, and 24 others were in various stages of development as the history program continued to gain momentum. In all, the program of the Historical Unit, U.S. Army Medical Service, envisions the publication of approximately 55 volumes in the series 'Medical Department, United States Army, in World War II' and 'Medical Service During the Post-World War II and Korean War Periods,' as well as other volumes on miscellaneous historical subjects.

One of the two volumes published during the year was Preventive Medicine, Volume IV, entitled 'Communicable Diseases Transmitted Chiefly Through Respiratory and Alimentary Tracts.' It is the first


of three volumes dealing with communicable diseases and, like the other volumes in the preventive medicine series, is a record of how medical officers, civilian experts in preventive medicine, and public health authorities joined forces to accomplish the successful preventive medicine program in World War II.

The other volume published in fiscal year 1959 is entitled 'Neurosurgery, Volume I.' It is the first of a two-volume series on neurosurgery and deals with administrative considerations of neurosurgery and with head injuries. 'Neurosurgery, Volume II,' will cover injuries of the spine, including peripheral nerve injuries and rupture of the intervertebral disk. It is scheduled for publication early in fiscal year 1960.

The four volumes nearing editorial completion include the second on communicable diseases in the preventive medicine series, volume V, entitled 'Communicable Diseases Transmitted Through Contact or Unknown Means'; the first of three volumes on internal medicine entitled 'Activities of Medical Consultants'; and two more volumes in the miscellaneous series-'Army Veterinary Service' and 'Wound Ballistics.'

Apart from the World War II history volumes, another book published by The Surgeon General was a monograph entitled 'Tabulating Equipment and Army Medical Statistics' written by Love, Hamilton, and Hellman. This monograph traces the development of medical records and the utilization of electrical tabulating equipment in the Army Medical Service and points out how medical statistics have been utilized to guide administrative and clinical policies leading to improved health conditions.

Organization Chart, Office of the Surgeon General