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N our first issue we set out to forge another link between all units
of the Medical Services, Royal Air Force, additional to the common
ties which already exist in service to the State and service in our
This, our fourth issue, will circulate to over 4,000 readers and there
is scarcely a unit, however small, which will be missed in our distribution.
This great response to the first three numbers gives us reason for con
fidence. We should, however, be remiss were we not to tender at this
stage our best thanks to those who have made this possible—our con
tributors and our regular subscribers.
Our technical contributors, in order to secure a wide understanding,
have had to reduce to simpler expression words and phrases which
normally come easier to them ; our general contributors have had to
exercise great patience and give much time in telling their written
story. We are grateful to them all.
With this issue we foresee, however, another debt which we shall
owe to our readers in asking them to accept a new set out in our effort
to limit wasted space. The first issue was produced as we should
always like to do, but at present paper is a “ sinew of war.” There
is no curtailment of reading matter and we are sure of your approval.
How many of us remembered that on the 13th July, 1941, the
Medical Branch came of age ? Those twenty-one years and in particular
the “ toddling,” or should we say, “ tottering,” ones, we are not com
petent to review, but in our October issue we hope to give you an account
of the early days of the R.A.F. Medical Services by our first R.A.F.
D .M .S., Sir David Munro.— E d .