The 48 planned volumes of the history of the United States Army Medical Department in World War II are part of the total historical record of the Army in that war. When the total series is finally completed, every technical and military phase of World War II will have been covered in it. The volumes devoted to military medicine represent the most ambitious project of the kind ever conceived. In both planning and scope they are far more comprehensive than the excellent, but far less ambitious, history of British medicine in World War II.
The history of the Crimean War, the first formal medicomilitary history ever to be published, was completed by Andrew Smith, Director General of the British Army Medical Service, 2 years after that war ended. His achievement has never been duplicated. It took 23 years to complete the medical history of the U.S. Civil War and 11