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Perspectives on History:Army Dietitians in the European, North African, and Mediterranean Theaters of Operation in World War II

Authors
Journal
Journal of the American Dietetic Association
0002-8223
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
96
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0002-8223(96)00164-2
Keywords
  • Departments
Disciplines
  • History

Abstract

Abstract World War II necessitated the mobilization of hundreds of dietitians to serve in military hospitals in the United States and in theaters of war all over the globe. Although initially military dietitians had civilian status, on December 22, 1942, Congress passed Public Law 828, which authorized military status for Army dietitians with relative rank in the Medical Department for the duration of the war and 6 months thereafter. This article chronicles the role of Army dietitians who supported the allied troops in military hospitals in England, Europe, and North Africa during World War II. Recollections of military dietitians who served in the war are included to illustrate the circumstances under which these professionals lived and the dedication with which they worked. J Am Diet Assoc. 1996: 96:598-601.

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