chapter  1
Everything I Know About Health Care I Learned in the Pentagon in World War II
WithEli Ginzberg
Pages 7

This chapter analyzes the attention of General Raymond Bliss, the assistant surgeon general in charge of operations, who subsequently “borrowed” it for the task of developing a reorganization plan that would enable him to prepare effectively for the two-front war. The most important of the long-term structural transformations affected the future attitudes and behavior of the American public toward health care, and set the stage for the victory of specialism in the training and practice modes of American physicians. The Women’s Army Corps had over 151,000 enlistments during World War II. The medical services of the armed forces provided a much higher level of medical care for fifteen million servicemen and some additional millions of their dependents than that to which they had earlier been exposed, thereby helping to raise the public’s postwar demand for more and better health care.