Continued need for special treatmentBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7171.1495 (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1495
- P J Bertin, personnel consultant
It is not known how many survivors there are from the war in the Far East. Of the 61 000 allied prisoners taken at Singapore all but between 13 000 and 16 000 survived compared with the very high mortality among native slave labourers. This was due largely to the discipline of the men and the remarkable effectiveness of the medical corps working in dreadful conditions.
This unique feat of doctoring is generally unrecognised in Britain. Not so in Australia and Thailand. One …