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The New Zealand Medical Service in the Great War 1914-1918

1. Foreword

1. Foreword.

These Notes are for the use of Regimental Medical Officers of the New Zealand Division.

They are not a resume of the duties of an R.M.O., but are a summary of orders and instructions which have been issued from time to time in Medical Corps Orders, and such other information as may preserve R.M.Os. from those errors of omission and commission which experience has shown to be most frequent.

During the two or three months Medical Officers are attached to Field Ambulances prior to being sent out as R.M.Os., they are expected to familiarise themselves with conditions in the Field. Amongst these the testing and chlorination of water, and the defensive measures against gas, and also the early treatment of gassed cases are of the utmost importance, and owing to their novelty to the recently commissioned R.M.O., require special attention.