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The Doctor's View of War

Nature volume 142, page 691 (15 October 1938) | Download Citation



THIS admirable little volume has the strongest claims on the attention of all scientific workers. Dr. Joules and his colleagues give a concise but lucid account of the service which the doctor can render in time of war, and the problems he has to face, as well as of the effect of the disregard of the Red Cross emblem in recent years. Much more than this is, however, provided. An ably written chapter deals succinctly with the biological effects of war, and argues that it is doubtful whether a differential mortality between different groups would be great enough to have any evolutionary significance within a short time. It is considered rather that modern war would wreck the present structure of society without any permanent biological damage having been inflicted.

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