406th Medical General Laboratory, Tokyo

“The largest military medical laboratory in the Far East was the 406th Medical General Laboratory in Tokyo. Its mission was to “supplement the epidemiologic, sanitary, and diagnostic services available in other medical department laboratories, and to investigate outbreaks of disease and conditions which affect, or may affect the health of persons . . . of the command.”

“Among the subjects investigated were: body armor, battle exhaustion, hemorrhagic fever, dysentery, hepatitis, vascular surgery, shock and resuscitation, use of blood and blood substitutes, acute renal failure, the pathophysiology of battle trauma, wound infection, anesthesia and burns.”

From – The US Army Med Department, Office of Medical History, LABORATORY SERVICE IN SUPPORT OF SURGERY, by Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Steer, MC.