MTE Journal, Vol 1 No 1, June 1941 - Medical Training Establishment.

JU N E , 1941 PU B LISH E D M O N T H L Y V O L. 1. N O . 1. Editor: T h e C o m m an d an t, M .T .E . and D . Assistant Editor: C orporal R. H . S m ith . Treasurer: S quadron L ead er J. E . F u rn ess. Committee: F lig h t S ergeant J . R y an , S ergeant G . A. M c G ly n n , C orporals R. J e n n in g s , J . H . S to k es, J. S c h o fie ld and W . B a ile y . C O M M U N IC A T IO N S can be addressed to :— Assistant Editor, “ M.T.E. Journal” office, R.A.F. Halton Camp, Buckinghamshire (England). S U B S C R IB E R S H I P S :— 3 months ... I*. 6d. 6 months ... 3s. I year ... 5s. 6d. payable in advance. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to “ M.T.E. Journal’’. N O T E * Despite local arrangements whereby Senior Medical Officers, N.C.O.’s, etc., act as local distributors, it is imperative that evei'y individual subscriber informs the Journal Office by written intimation of any c+iange in address, stating clearly the late address and the new address to which copies should be sent. They should also inform the distributor in question so as not to complicate his voluntary work. Officers and N.C.O. distributors are re­ quested to maintain an up-to-date list of their subscribers. C O N T R IB U T IO N S Copy submitted to the “ M.T.E. Journal” should be written clearly, and care must be taken to see that it will be readily under­ stood (typewritten for preference). Copy for inclusion should be sent within a fortnight (at the latest) of receiving your Journal. In all cases number, rank, and name (with initials) and place of origin must be stated. Medical articles may only be submitted by qualified ranks who should append qualifica­ tions in addition for publication. All copy will be submitted to the com­ petent authority for censorship. Feature articles should not exceed 1,000 words in length. Short stories should not exceed 500 words. Poems should be of a modernistic character, short, not exceeding 20 to 30 lines unless for exceptional reasons of composition. Cartoons and sketches should, when­ ever possible, be line drawings, although wash drawings will be accepted in certain circumstances. Photographs of the glossy type are preferred. EDITORIAL F r o m th e d a y s w h e n th e R o y a l A ir F o r c e M e d ic a l S e rv ic e s w a s a c o m p a r a tiv e ly c o m p a c t a n d in tim a te c irc le to th e p r e s e n t d a y , w ith its m e m b e rs s c a tte r e d a c r o s s th e s u rfa c e o f th e w o rld , se e m s a lo n g s trid e . I t is. I n f a c t, w ith th e n e c e s s a ry d e v e lo p m e n t o f th is i m p o r ta n t a n d y e t so q u ie t a n a d ju n c t to th e m ig h t o f o u r e v e r-g ro w in g a n d g lo rio u s s q u a d r o n s (w ith th e e n d le s s v a r ie ty o f ta s k s t h a t it is n o w c a lle d u p o n to p e r f o r m o n th e la n d , o n th e se a , a n d in th e a ir) m u c h o f th e c lo s e n e ss w h ic h in v e s te d it in th o s e d a y s g o n e b y h a s , n o t u n n a tu r a lly , b e e n lo s t. O n th e o th e r h a n d , m a n y w h o fin d th e m s e lv e s s tr a n g e ly in u n if o r m a r e a p t to fe e l b e w ild e re d — d u e in s o m e d e g re e to d iffe re n c e in m e th o d , b u t m o r e g e n e ra lly b e c a u s e th e y feel so m in u te a u n it in so v a s t a n o r g a n is a tio n . I t is, th e r e f o r e , th e p u r p o s e o f th is J o u r n a l, w ith in th e lim its o f w a r p r o h ib itio n s , to tr y a n d b rid g e a n y g a p s w h ic h e x is t a m o n g m e m b e rs a n d to p ro v id e a c o n n e c tin g lin k b e tw e e n a il r a n k s a n d a ll u n its o f th e M e d ic a l S e rv ice s, b o t h a t h o m e a n d a b r o a d . T h is h a s , in fa c t, a lr e a d y c o m m e n c e d w ith th e d e s p a tc h o f c o p ie s to e v e ry c o r n e r o f G r e a t B rita in a n d N o r t h e r n I r e la n d , a n d a n a d d itio n a l n u m b e r o v e rse a s. D iffic u ltie s th e r e w e re in p r o d u c in g a j o u r n a l w o r th y in q u a lity o f p r o d u c tio n to s ta n d a lo n g s id e th e n a m e o f th e S e rv ic e it r e p re s e n ts a t a p ric e w ith in th e r e a c h o f a ll, b u t w ith th e c o n fid e n c e o f th o s e w h o b e c a m e su b s c rib e rs , c o u p le d w ith g e n e r o u s b u s in e s s c o - o p e r a tio n , th e s e d iffic u ltie s h a v e b e e n te m p o r a r ily s u r m o u n te d . N e v e rth e le s s , it is a s k e d th a t s u b s c rib e rs s h o u ld , w h e re v e r p o s s ib le , e n d e a v o u r to w id e n th e p e r m a n e n t r e a d e r s h ip b y in tr o d u c in g o th e r s to its lis ts so t h a t its p a g e s m a y b e tr u ly r e p re s e n ta tiv e o f th e M e d ic a l S e rv ic e s a s a w h o le , a n d th a t th e J o u r n a l m a y p r o g r e s s to still h ig h e r lev e ls. I t w ill b e n o tic e d t h a t it is u n u s u a l in t h a t it se e k s to b le n d tw o b r o a d g r o u p s o f c o n tr ib u tio n — n a m e ly , th o s e sp e c ific a lly in f o r m a tiv e f r o m a m e d ic a l v ie w p o in t, a n d a v a r ie ty o f g e n e ra l a rtic le s o f c h a n g e a b le in te r e s t— th u s p r o v id in g a w id e field o f o p p o r tu n ity f o r a ll to c o n tr ib u te to its c o lu m n s . O n th e o th e r h a n d , i t is n o t in te n d e d to s ta b ilis e s tric tly a n y o n e p a r tic u la r f e a tu r e , th e a p p e a r a n c e o f a n y a r tic le b e in g e n tire ly d e p e n d e n t o n s p a c e a v a ila b le a n d im p o r ta n c e o f m a te r ia l to h a n d . H a v in g th u s in tr o d u c e d th e s e p a g e s y o u a r e c o r d ia lly in v ite d to a c c e p t th e first p u b lic a tio n o f y o u r “ M .T .E . J o u r n a l ” .— A . E .
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