Another major problem is that of maintaining standards of medical education. This must be done to supply the increased number of doctors now urgently needed by our Army. An outstanding group of Negro physicians faces this problem at the College of Medicine of Howard University. Handicapped by staff losses to the Army and by classes that have doubled in size, these men work in class rooms, laboratories, and on hospital wards to train physicians for the Army and civil population.

     Many other activities must unfortunately remain unmentioned. It remains only to cite some of those whose patriotic services have made these small contributions as effective as they are.

     Major Arthur H. Simmons, Major DeRuyter Butler, and Major Phillip Johnson, are among others working in the army. Dr. Phillip Johnson previous to being commissioned, headed a busy surgical service, conducted a private consulting practice, served on the local Medical Board of Appeals, and organized the present efficient system of Emergency Medical Services. His fine work is now being carried forward by Dr. E. C. Wiggins, who succeeded him.

     Dr. Charles Drew, Medical Officer in charge of Emergency Squads in the Freedman’s Unit, has brought these units to a state of high efficiency. Dr. Drew has also been active as a consultant on systems of collecting and storing of blood plasma. He has been loaned by the Howard University to national organizations such as the Blood Transfusion Betterment Association. The present system of managing blood collection and storage owes much to his efforts.

     The women of the Emergency Canteen unit headed by Mrs. Helen Curtis Jordan have been untiring and prompt in their full response during practice blackouts.

     The owners of Diplomat and Bison Cabs volunteer precious rubber and time to provide cabulances for the emergency squads.

     Dr. William C. Goines, Chairman of our Medical Resources Committee, is also officer in charge of the Freedman’s Hospital Examining Unit and the Fort Meyer Examining panels. These projects have benefited by his industry and organizing ability.   The men of his group deserve mention but time forbids.

     The Negro graduate nurses have been unstinting of their time and efforts.


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