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What Boston learned from Israel

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As the horror of the bombing in Boston shocked us and filled us with disgust, many people noticed the swiftness and efficiency of the first responders and were astounded ("Acts of humanity," April 17). How did it happen? As reported on the Israel21C website, the chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Alasdair Conn, credited Israeli expertise with teaching the Boston doctors how to deal with mass-casualty incidents.

Dr. Conn told reporters, "About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of manner."

The incessant bombing of their towns has taught the Israelis, and the Israelis have been teaching every nation that suffer disasters from bombings to earthquakes ever since.

Molly Brown Koch

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